Summary: Three things that the church needs in order to grow.

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INTRO.- ILL.- A cartoon once showed a little boy sitting beside his father and mother at church. The little boy said to his father: “Mom wants to cook the dinner, you want to play golf, I want to play football. Why are we here?”

Why do people come to church? Hopefully, they come because they do believe in God, Christ and the Bible…because they believe in heaven and hell…because they believe in the importance of worship and fellowship. BUT I THINK PERHAPS SOME PEOPLE ONLY COME OUT OF OBLIGATION OR DUTY. They don’t really want to come to church. They would rather do other things, like: sleep in, play golf or go play at something else.

ILL.- A minister asked a little girl at the door of the church what she thought of the church service. She replied, “The music was nice, but the commercial was too long.”

One reason why some people don’t want to go to church is because the sermon, that is, the commercial may be too long or perhaps too boring.

Why is it that some churches are growing in spite of perhaps longer services and boring services? What do some churches have that we don’t have?

ILL.- Mega-churches are defined as Protestant churches that attract at least 2,000 worshipers a week. Forbes magazine recently looked at the business ventures of several mega-churches.

The 23,093-strong World Changers Ministries in College Park, Ga., pastored by Creflo Dollar, operates a music studio, publishing house, computer graphic design suite and has its own record label.

The 25,060-member Lakewood Church in Houston pastored by Joel Osteen recently leased the Compaq Center, former home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, has a four-record deal and spends $12 million annually on TV airtime.

Brothers and sisters, obviously some large churches are doing things that we can’t begin to even think about doing. And we probably wouldn’t do them even if we had the resources.

But let’s consider our church. We are not located on the best street in town. We are somewhat hidden, but not that hard to find. We don’t have the biggest building in town, but it’s a very good building, neat, attractive, clean and with a great parking lot. We don’t have the greatest music program in the world but we’re trying to build our music program. We don’t have a computerized power point program in our church, but so what? I’ve been to churches where they had it and I didn’t consider it to be that big of an asset. We don’t have a band, but so what? We don’t bring in outside speakers for special programs. BUT WE MAY HAVE MORE GOING FOR US THAN WE REALIZE! Regardless of what we have or don’t have, we need to consider what we can do to help make the Lord’s church grow!

ILL.- What do baby boomers expect to see in a church? Boomers are those born between 1946 and 1964, between 40 and 58 years old. There are about 76 million boomers in the U.S.; which currently represent about 29% of the U.S. population.

Lyle Schaller, an Illinois consultant discovered these things: High-quality preaching, good music and social groups. Baby boomers also expect big meeting rooms, a quality kitchen, childcare, ample parking and clean rest rooms. I would say that we have at least some of those things.

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