Summary: CHURCH GROWTH
FIVE SURE FIRE WAYS TO GROW A CHURCH
ACTS: 1-4; 1 COR 2 DR. MICHAEL POPE
BLUF: first and foremost about growing a church is, you have to want to grow. If you don’t want to grow you won’t make plans to grow….if you don’t make plans to grow, you won’t. YOU MUST BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT GROWING BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND NUMERICALLY.
I. CHURCH MUST GROW SPIRITUALLY
1. 1 COR 2:1-5; A WORSHIP SERVICE THAT IS CHRIST CENTERED
A. WORSHIP THAT IS LIFE CHANGING (You don’t come to church to worship, you bring your worship to church)
B. 2 TIM 4:1-4 BIBLICALLY SPEAKING
C. EPH 5:18: SPIRIT LED -
2. 1 COR 1:10-11; A UNIFIED SPIRIT AMONG THE BRETHREN THAT IS COOPERATIVE IN NATURE – PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER.
JN 13:34-35 (Love One Another (CMD) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35- By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one toward another.”
TWO DESTRUCTIVE ACTIONS WERE CAUSING DISHARMONY IN CORINTH
A. vs 11 PETTY DIFFERENCES
B. vs 20 PRIDEFUL DISAGREEMENTS
Paul Wanted Them to Have - Harmony:
ACTS 1:14; 2:1; 2:46; 4:24; 5:12; PHIL 2:2 (ONE ACCORD; this phrase used 17 times throughout the bible)
Acts: 1:14 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…”
2:1 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
2:46 “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as were being saved.”
Phil 2:2 “fulfill ye my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
3. ACTS 4:32-35 ESTABLISH MINISTRIES IN THE COMMUNITY
A common complaint today from non-believers concerning churches is hypocrisy. You’ve heard them also. Not hypo necessarily about what lifestyle someone lives, but mostly concerning a lack of ministries.
IS THE CHURCH THERE FOR THOSE HURTING, THE HOPELESS, THE DOWNCAST?
A. TAKE CARE OF THE CHURCH FAMILY (you build up here, in order to go out there)
B. TAKE CARE OF THE COMMUNITY FAMILY
4. GIVING TO CHRIST AND HIS WORK
A. TIME – JN 12:25-26 “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for life eternal.” If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” (serving the Lord should be a part of your weekly planning)
B. TALENTS(Gifts of the Spirit) – MT 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
C. TITHE - MAL 3:10 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in My house…”