Summary: This is the 1st sermon in the series "A Growing Church..."
Series: A Growing Church¡K [#1]
Wasn’t it nice to have a big crowd here last week? Yes, I know it was Easter Sunday; but the more I thought about it, why can¡¦t we have a nice crowd here every Sunday? Now I know that numbers should never be the focus, but I also know that they are an indicator of some things. Jesus always had crowds forming when He was going from place to place. They would follow Him to the lake, the mountain, even the cross.
Bel Aire has been through many seasons.
I believe that we are at a time to grow. There were some things that we had to go through before we got to this time. We really didn¡¦t need a lot of visitors coming to watch us beat each other up or hear some of the sermons that we needed to hear; but now we are at the start of a new season.
Over the next few weeks (if God so leads), we are going to look at what it takes to be a growing Church. This morning we need to see that "A Growing Church... Is Focused".
I have a video clip this morning that shows many people’s view of church services.
A focused church...
Eutychus made it to the church service. That’s a good thing. We need to make it a habit of attending church services, (and that doesn’t mean that they all have to be here). You may say well we aren’t supposed to do things just to do them. Let me ask you, did you brush your teeth today? Do you enjoy brushing your teeth or is it something that just needs to be done?
We need to encourage one another to come. That means we need to call one another, send notes, etc... Please don’t "brow beat" them. Guilting them or bribing them here never last; but if you encouraged them by letting them know the good things about our church and not the bad that would be a good start. If every time you talk to those people that you invite to church about how boring or terrible it is, why would they come?
Getting in the habit of meeting together is good.
A focused church...
Paul preached on and on and on. It was getting late and Eutychus just couldn’t stay awake anymore. He was so tired that he fell asleep and leaned back right out the window; where he fell from 3rd floor to his death. I bet they didn¡¦t have anyone sit in the window sill or fall asleep in church for a while after that.
Was that a distraction to the preaching? Of course it was. They had to stop the preaching to go check on Eutychus.
What I’m about to say could seem offensive to some, unimportant to some, or very obvious to some. Our behavior within our worship services is extremely important to the growth of our church.
We have lost our reverence within church service.
*Clapping your hands during the service (while singing, after someone gets saved, even during the preaching), is not irreverent- Talking while we are singing or while there is preaching is.
*Movement while we are singing (such as tapping your toe or even [gasp] dancing), is not irreverent- Moving in and out of the sanctuary during any point of the service is. (Especially during invitation.)