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Summary: HELPING PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHURCH.

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MAKE IT REAL

EPHESIANS 2:19

INTRO: WHY ISN’T THE CHURCH FULL?

1: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

A) DO WE HAVE AN ALL SUFFICENT GOD?

B) IS HE ALMIGHTY?

C) CAN HE FIX OUR BROKEN HEARTS?

D) CAN HE HEAL OUR BROKEN BODIES?

E) CAN HE SAVE US?

POINT: THE ANSWER IS YES TO ALL OF THE ABOVE. HOW COME PEOPLE DON’T HAVE MORE OF A HUNGER FOR IT THEN? BECAUSE IT HASN’T BEEN MADE REAL TO THEM.

2: DO WE COMMUNICATE THE VALUE OF OUR CHURCH?

A) DO PEOPLE KNOW THE VALUE OF MEMBERSHIP?

B) DO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE CHURH CAN OFFER THEM

C) US AS MEMBERS HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THEM

POINT: PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH SHOULD SPEAK LIKE THIS: OUR CHURCH DID THIS, OR OUR CHURCH IS MOVING IN THIS DIRECTION. EACH MEMBER SHOULD HAVE A SENSE OF OWNERSHIP. IT SHOULD BE A REAL PART OF EACH AND EVRY MEMBERS LIFE.

BODY: WHAT MAKES THE CHURCH REAL?

1: BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

A) IT IDENTIFIES A PERSON AS A GENUINE BELIEVER (EPH2:19) (ROMANS12:5)

B) IT PROVIDES A SPIRITUAL FAMILY TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE THEM IN THEIR WALK WITH CHRIST (GAL6:1,2) (HEB10:24-25)

C) IT GIVES THEM A PLACE TO DISCOVER AND USE THEIR GIFTS IN MINISTRY (1COR12:4-27)

D) IT PLACES THEM UNDER THE SPIRITUAL PROTECTION OF GODLY LEADERS (HEB13:17) (ACTS20:28-29)

E) IT GIVES THEM THE ACCOUNTABILITY THEY NEED TO GROW (EPH5:21)

POINT: THESE BENEFITS ARE GIVEN IN PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH BY RICK WARREN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PASTORS IN NORTH AMERICA. THESE ARE BIBLICAL BENEFITS AND HELP PEOPLE TO SEE THE TRUE BENFITS FROM JOINING A CHURCH.

2: THE CHURCH WANTS MORE THAN YOU’RE MONEY

A) THEY WANT YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH TO BE WELL

B) THEY WANT YOUR REALTIONSHIPS TO BE BETTER

C) THEY WANT YOUR FIANACES TO BE STABLE

D) THEY WANT YOUR FAMILY TO BE STRONGER AND MORE COHESIVE

E) THEY WANT YOU TO GROW IN MORE WAYS THEN YOU EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED

POINT: BIG PART OF SOCIETY THINK THAT CHURCHES ONLY WANT WHAT’S IN THEIR WALLET. TITHING IS BIBLICAL AND SHOULD BE A PART OF EVERY MEMBERS LIFE. BUT THE CHURCH IS OR SHOULD BE MORE FOCUSED ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY AND IT’S PEOPLE FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST.

3: MAKE CHURCH REAL

A) ENSTILL IN EVERY PERSON WHAT JESUS CHRIST CALLS FOR US TO DO

B) GREAT COMMANDMENT, GREAT COMMISSION

C) MAKE THOSE REAL AND THE CHURCH WILL FOLLOW

POINT: EVERYONE HAS TO UNDERSTAND THAT UNTIL A PERSONAL COMMITMENT IS MADE A GROUP COMMITMENT IS SENSELESS. WE ALL FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD, BUT NO ONE CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF OUR SAVIOR. ECCL 3:9-12. TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE A THREE FOLD CORD IS NOT QUICKLY BROKEN. IF IT’S REAL IT’S WORTH FIGHTING FOR AND HOLDING ON FOR.

CLOSING: HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT A CHURCH IS.

1: DEFINE IT

A) KEEP IT SIMPLE

B) KEEP IT BIBLICAL

C) TALK ABOUT IT ON A REGULAR BASIS

CONCLUSION: THE EASIER IT IS FOR NEW PEOPLE TO FEEL AT HOME THE MORE NEW PEOPLE YOU WILL HAVE. HONOR THE LORD AND LOOK TO HIM FOR DIRECTION AND HE WILL HELP YOU TO MAKE IT AS REAL AS POSSIBLE TO THOSE AROUND YOU.


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