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  • Church ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009

    CHURCH DROP-OUTS 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 more

  • The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Charles R. Swindoll on Dec 13, 2004
    based on 5 ratings

    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 more

  • Is Your Church A Church Of Bones?  PRO

    Contributed by Jay Mccluskey on Jan 29, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    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. more

  • A Church That Has Passion Is A Church Where ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 1, 2001
    based on 139 ratings

    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 more

  • The Church Service Ended At The Lutheran Church ...  PRO

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Jun 1, 2003
    based on 13 ratings

    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 more

  • Fewer Men In Church: In 1990, Church ...

    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 more

  • Influential Churches The Church Report Magazine ...

    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 more

  • Strong Small Churches - The Bigger A Church ...

    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 more

  • The Roof Of The Church Hall Of A Little Church ...

    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 more

  • Church Unity?

    Contributed by Bob Joyce on Sep 17, 2007
    based on 5 ratings

    Church Unity? I read about a church that split, and that split began over an argument at a potluck supper when a lady brought a congealed salad she made with Cool Whip instead of real whipping cream. There’s a book entitled War In The Pews that talks about real-life instances which are absolutely more

  • The Church Household

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 28, 2007

    (1 Timothy 3:1-13) Chrytsostom writes, "The church leader must be ’one that governs well his own house.’... For the church is, as it were, a small household. In a house there are children and wife and domestic duties, and some person has to provide order for them all. So in the church there are more

  • Comeback Churches  PRO

    Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 31, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    In his book Comeback Churches, Ed Stetzer said: Comeback churches cast a compelling vision for outreach. They made intentional, strategic efforts to move outward. ** - The main reason a church does not grow is that it doesn’t want to grow. Everyone in the church should be engaged in more

  • A Church Is Not An Audience

    Contributed by Richard Goble on Nov 2, 2007

    A Church Is Not An Audience A sharp distinction ought to be made between a church and an audience. · An audience is a group of unrelated people drawn together by a short-lived attraction. A church is a group of born again believers drawn together by a Savior. · An audience is a crowd. A church more

  • Division In The Church

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on May 20, 2008

    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 more

  • Church Alternatives

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 30, 2008

    CHURCH ALTERNATIVES A Barna study finds a majority of U.S. adults believe there are biblically legitimate alternatives to participation in a conventional church. Among them are engaging in faith activities at home with one’s family (acceptable by 89% of adults); being active in a house church more

  • Playing Church

    Contributed by Russell Brownworth on Aug 10, 2008

    PLAYING CHURCH Some years ago I met Johnny Moore. Johnny is the lead singer for "His Glory". He tells his story of how he was on his way home one night before he got serious with the Lord. He’d been kinda "playing church." He was on his way home from a Wednesday night prayer meeting, and he more

  • Separation Of Church And ...

    Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008

    Separation of Church and State “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” (excerpt from Amendment I, U. S. Constitution) If our United States Constitution actually commands Congress more

  • The Invisible Church

    Contributed by Nathan Johnson on Sep 25, 2008
    based on 6 ratings

    The Invisible Church Warren Weirsbe tells a story of a free-lance missionary that visited a pastor friend asking for financial support. "What group are you associated with?" his friend asked. The man replied, "I belong to the invisible church." His friend then asked, "Well, what church are more

  • No Church, No America

    Contributed by Gene Gregory on Dec 6, 2008

    NO CHURCH, NO AMERICA This week I received a letter in the mail from the Reverend Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of the organization "Americans United for Separation of Church and State." There would no America if there was no Church. This country was discovered, founded and populated more

  • The Church Is The Rope

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009

    THE CHURCH IS THE ROPE Years ago at Niagara Falls two men were in a boat and found themselves caught in the current. The men jumped from their boat and swam for the shore. At last minute ropes from the shore were thrown out to them. The one man grabbed the rope and was pulled to shore. The other more