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Why Do Some People Quit on the Church?

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Sermon shared by David Rigg

July 2008
Summary: This sermon helps us understand why people drop out of church. The story of a man and his foxhounds is the illustration tool.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Why Do Some People Quit on the Church?
Matthew 13:45-46
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he
had and bought it.


Have you ever wondered why some people quit coming to church?

Weíve seen it happen here at Gospel Chapel.

It happens in all churches.

Itís wonderful when someone begins to attend regularly!

We welcome them into the congregation.

We look forward to seeing them each Sunday.

Then after a period of time, they quit coming!

Why?

I suppose there are a number of reasons.

When we contact these people and ask why they quit comingÖ

We usually hear all kinds of excuses.

However, I believe todayís Bible text tells us why they quit.

Jesus gives us the main reason why people quit on Him.


Todayís story is about a man named Homer McCoy. Homer lived alone in a
shack in the hills of Tennessee. His favorite thing to do was going fox
hunting and his most prized possession was his 10 foxhounds. Homerís
favorite hound was named "Zeke". Early one evening, Homerís neighbor
came over for a visit. The two men sat down on Homerís porch. Both men
grabbed a small piece of firewood, took out their pocketknives and began to
whittle. As they whittled, these two men talked and watched the evening
turn to darkness.
Weíll get back to that story a little later!

Point #1
The Church Is A Treasure of Great Value

Matthew 13: 45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking
for fine pearls.


It does you no good to find a treasure

if you donít know its value.

The Church is a Treasure.

But it does you no good if you donít see its Value.

I was talking to a lady recently

who was lamenting the fact that her grandchildren

have no interest in the Church.

They were raised in Christian homes.

They went to church as children and teenagers.

But now they donít see the Value of Church

in their busy adult lives.

Why?

When someone grows up in church,

they often see the bad things that can happen in the church.

They see fights between members.

They see power plays among church leaders.

They see cliques and other kinds of exclusion.

They see church folks living in sin.

They see hypocrites!

Some even witness major traumas like church splits.


When people see those kinds of things happening in a church

many decide that if that is what church is all about

they want no part of it.
Jesus taught the Parable of the Wheat & Tares.

The enemy sows weeds in with the wheat.

It is those counterfeit Christians who have no conscience

when it comes to causing trouble in the flock.

In fact, they seem to enjoy the tension and turmoil they cause

because they arenít connected in any real way to Christ.

To themÖChurch is just another organization to belong to.

In the light of the moon, Homer and his neighbor saw a coyote sneaking
up to Homerís chicken pen. Zeke had been lying on the porch next to
Homerís chair. When that old hound saw the coyote, he jumped to his feet
and barked. The big coyote turned and ran off in the direction of the woods.
Zeke dashed off the porch to chase the coyote, barking loudly. Soon
Homerís other foxhounds heard Zeke
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