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Body Building

When your car is broken, you take your car to the garage. When you need a doctor, you go to the clinic. When you need a surgeon, you go to the hospital. When you need new clothes, you go to the mall. When you need plumbing supplies, you go to the hardware store. When you need money, you go work or to an ATM.

But when you need spiritual help, you ask the church to come to YOU, or you ask God to come to YOU.

Why is it that for everything else that you need or want in life you are happy to wake up and go get it but when you need spiritual help you refuse to get up and go get it? I find it strange and unbelievable that Christians are so recalcitrant that they might as well die instead of going for help. It’s unbelievable but it’s true.

I agree that Christianity is not about following formulas to make life work, but there are some organic practices in the Bible that tells us that some things are crucial to our spiritual existence and its longevity. I am convinced from Acts 2:42-47 that when God’s people get together in God’s way around God’s word then God things happen. It is in this context that needs are revealed and they are met through the stronger parts of the body. God’s church is the gym where Christian muscles are built and where the weak become strong. When God things happens then consequentially God’s name becomes known.

Are you making yourself a part of your local church? Are you more absent than present? If you want to experience growth then you must make the effort to go. Go and be blessed!

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in General Blog

 

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Role of (Pastors) and Deacons

A Study in the Biblical Role of (Pastors) and Deacons in Light of Scripture and Church History and in Examination of Current Practice – by Derek Gentle

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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Church Leadership

 

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How To Find A Good Church

How To Find A Good Church

This blog post is excerpted from Mark Dever’s book “What is a Healthy Church” – Pages 79

1. Pray

2. Seek counsel from a godly pastor (or from elders)

3. Keep your priorities straight

  • The gospel must be firmly affirmed, clearly preached, and faithfully lived out. A serious lack in any of these expressions of the gospel is dangerous.
  • The preaching must be faithful to scripture, personally challenging and central to the congregation’s life. You will only grow spiritually where scripture is treated as the highest authority.
  • Also very important is to consider how the church regulates baptism, the Lord’s Supper, church membership, church discipline, and who has the final say in decision making.

4. Ask yourself diagnostic questions such as:

  • Would I want to find a spouse who has been brought up under this church’s teaching?
  • What picture of Christianity will my children see in this church- Something distinct or something a lot like the world?
  • Would I be happy to invite non-Christians to this church? That is, would they clearly hear the gospel and see lives consistent with it? Does the church have a heart for welcoming and reaching non-Christians?
  • Is this church a place where I can minister and serve?

5. Consider geography. Would the church’s physical proximity to your home encourage or discourage frequent involvement and service? If you’re moving to a new area, try to locate a good church home before you buy a house.

 

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If You’re Thinking of Leaving a Church

If You’re Thinking of Leaving a Church

This blog post is excerpted from Mark Dever’s book “What is a Healthy Church” – Pages 57

Before You Decide to Leave 

  1. Pray
  2. Let your current pastor know about your thinking before you move to another church or make your decision to relocate to another city. As for his counsel.
  3. Weigh your motives. Is your desire to leave because of sinful, personal conflict or disappointment? If it’s because of doctrinal reasons, are these doctrinal issues significant?
  4.  Do everything within your power to reconcile broken relationships.
  5. Be sure to consider all the “evidences of grace” you’ve seen in the church’s life – places where Gods work is evident. If you cannot see any evidences of God’s grace, you might want to examine your own heart once more (Matthew 7:3-5)
  6. Be humble. Recognize you don’t have all the facts and assess people and circumstances charitably (give them the benefit of the doubt).

If You Go

  1. Don’t divide the body
  2.  Take the utmost care not to sow discontent even among your closest friends. Remember, you don’t want anything to hinder their growth in grace in this church. Deny any desire to gossip (sometimes referred to as “venting” or “saying how you feel”).
  3. Pray for and bless the congregation and its leadership. Look for ways of doing this practically.
  4.  If there has been hurt, then forgive – even as you have been forgiven.
 
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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Church Planting and Development

 

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The Power of Many

The Power of Many

When we think of the word TEAM we immediately think of a multiplicity of people. The word TEAM never means individualism, it always means more than one person. TEAM is an interesting concept; the letters of the word could easily say “Together Everyone Accomplishes Much” or “Together Everyone Achieves More” The Bible has a lot to say about TEAM. The wonderful mystery of the Church is that God in his profound wisdom brought together individuals who would complement each other perfectly. The Bible says (Romans 12: 4, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many  form one body, and each member belongs to the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us…”) in the church God has placed individuals with different gifts and we are wrong to withhold our gift from someone else. We would be wrong because we belong to each other.

In many churches today there exists not the power of many but the “power” of one. And where the power of one exists there is bound to be a malfunction of the body. Why is the power of many important? Why is it critical that ministry be carried out by a TEAM and not an individual? The power of many exists so that the body of Christ, which is the church, may be built up. Could it be that churches are struggling to grow because people are not giving of themselves to each other? Could it be that churches are struggling to grow because there is more individual display than TEAM display? Could it be that churches are struggling to grow because we feel that we do not belong to each other?

How about you; are you plugging in to your local church and extending the use of your God-enabled gift? If you are not then perhaps you should talk to your pastor about how you can be used to enable the growth of the ministry instead of wondering and complaining about why the ministry is not growing.

There is power in the power of many! Join your TEAM today!

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in General Blog

 

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