The church is not:
* An ark for the saving of a select few.
* A ferryboat to take effortless passengers to the shores of heaven.
* A life insurance company, with no obligation on policy holders except the payment of a small annual premium.
* A social set, welcoming certain people and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
70% of people who discontinue going to church in America do so between ages 18 and 22. Of those who attend college, 69% of active churchgoing youth stop attending church for at least a year between ages 18 and 22. Yet 71% of active churchgoing youth
Contributed by Jay Mccluskey on Jan 29, 2009
IS YOUR CHURCH A CHURCH OF BONES?
In the town of Sedlec in the Czech Republic, there is a famous cemetery that dates back to the 13th century. Some 40,000 people who died from the Black Plague in the 14th century and in the Hussite wars in the beginning of the 15th century were buried there.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 20, 2007
Influential Churches The Church Report Magazine has published their annual list of the 50 most influential churches in America. 2006’s most influential church is Willow Creek Community Church. #2 is Saddleback, #3 Northpoint (Andy Stanley); #4 Fellowship Church (Ed Young); #5 Lakewood Church (Joel
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 20, 2007
Strong Small Churches - The bigger a church grows, the worse it becomes both in quality and in its capability to reach new people. This surprising finding comes out of a Germany -based Institute of Church Development study of churches worldwide. In churches with attendance of less than 100, 31% of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 1, 2001
A church that has passion is a church where "Discouraged folks cheer up, dishonest folks fees up, sour folks sweeten up, closed folk, open up, gossipers shut up, conflicted folks make up, sleeping folks wake up, lukewarm folk, fire up, dry bones shake up, and pew
The church service ended at the Lutheran Church in New Sweden, Maine as everyone “passed the peace.” It was the first Sunday after Easter, and the 50 people in attendance headed to the fellowship hour to have some coffee. Some of the people complained that the coffee was bitter, but people
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2006
Fewer Men In Church: In 1990, church sociologist George Barna found that 40% of the men he polled had some kind of church relationship. That figure has now slipped to 26%. The situation is probably even worse than this data indicates. Many men are in church on Sunday only because their wives and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
The roof of the church hall of a little church was falling down. So the members of the church held regular prayer meetings in the hall after the service to pray for funds to repair the roof.
There was a rich old man, known to be very tight with his money, who used to attend and sit near the back of
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 6, 2005
Touching in Church
What is all this touching in church? It used to be a person could come to church and sit in the pew and not be bothered by all this friendliness and certainly not by touching. I used to come to church and leave untouched. Now I have to be nervous about what is expected of me. I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 10, 2006
· 23.9% of Americans belonged to an evangelical denomination in ’65 compared to 25.4% in ’96.
· In ’65, 27.2% belonged to a mainline denomination, in ’96 it was down to 22.1%.
· Catholics have declined from 23.9% of the U.S. population in ‘65, to 21.8% in ’96.
· In ’90, 65% of
Contributed by Paul Wallace on Sep 20, 2006
Church For Fanatics
One man wrote "I was a supply preacher for a small town Texas Church, coming in early Sunday, preaching a sermon to the congregation, and then leaving after lunch. Arriving early one Sunday I sat down at a local donut shop, opened my Bible and went over my sermon notes. "
Contributed by Douglas Duvall on Dec 3, 2006
Trouble in the Church
I. Decision 15:1-4
A. Men 15:1
B. Method 15:2
C. Messages 15:3-4
II. Demand 15:5-6
A. Demands 15:5
B. Deliberations 15:6
III. Declaration 15:7-12
A. Choice 15:7
B. Comparison 15:8-9
Contributed by Paul Green on Oct 28, 2009
JOY IN CHURCH
Then there’s the story about a little boy in church with his mother. He was a good little boy, quiet and well behaved. He didn’t cause any problems. But every once in a while he would stand up in the chair, turn around, look at the people behind him and smile at them. His smile was
DIVISION IN THE CHURCH
We might sum up the divisions in this church this way according to Parsons:
i. "I follow Paul" -- This group may have taken the attitude that Paul started this church and he will always be the leader. These are the traditionalists.
1. They always live in the past and
Contributed by David Dewitt on Jan 8, 2001
“The ‘detonator’ that churches lack today is prayer. It has the power to ignite the dynamite of the Gospel and
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 20, 2001
There he stood, in the midst of the Golden Corral restaurant, with Thousand Island dressing dripping from his hair, over his glasses, down his face, all over his jacket, pants, & shoes. And I’m not talking about a little bit of Thousand Island dressing, I’m talking about 2
Contributed by Tony Searles on Jul 25, 2002
10% of church members cannot be found?
20% of church members never attend church
25% admit that they never pray
35% admit that they do not read their Bibles
40% admit that they never contribute to the church?tithe or offering
60% never give to missions
70% never assume responsibility within
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
Calvin, who saw that the Devil’s chief device was disunity and division and who preached that there should be friendly fellowship for all ministers of Christ, made a similar point in a letter to a trusted colleague:
"Among Christians there ought to be so great a
Contributed by Rob Ross on Apr 9, 2003
This Is My Church
It is composed of people just like me.
It will be friendly if I am.
It will do a great work if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am generous.
It will bring others into its fellowship if I bring them.
Its seats will be filled if I fill them.
It will be