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
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 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 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 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 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 Bob Joyce on Sep 17, 2007
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
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
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 31, 2007
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
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
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 Sermoncentral on Jul 30, 2008
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
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
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
Contributed by Nathan Johnson on Sep 25, 2008
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
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
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