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  • Healthy Congregations Are Diverse Congregations Series

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Jan 30, 2018
    based on 1 rating

    a church must have diversity to be a healthy church

    The Episcopal Church prides itself in the acceptance of all people – those of diverse cultures, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual identity, and abilities. This allows congregations that share the wonderful uniqueness of each person, celebrate their varied differences, and promote stronger more

  • Congregational Polity Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Sep 10, 2011

    Exploration of the congregational government in the apostolic church.

    “In these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should give up more

  • A Great Congregation

    Contributed by Tony Cansler on Apr 30, 2001
    based on 64 ratings

    A Message to the Church

    A Great Congregation Nehemiah 8:1-18 Introduction All Kinds of People Gathered there Worshipping Saint Wayward Saint Wondering Stranger Unified Congregation v 1 “And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they more

  • A Prayer For The Congregation Series

    Contributed by Richard Tow on May 31, 2020

    This message examines Paul's prayer for the Philippians in 1:3-11 identifying major elements in the prayer that we can emulate. Paul prays with (1) thanksgiving (2) confidence (3) passion and (4) purpose.

    We have begun a study of Philippians. Last week we dealt with the history of this church as recorded in Acts 16. God has sovereignly chosen to give us a lot of information about the founding of the church at Philippi. All of that is helpful in our interpretation of this letter. In that message we more

  • The Power Of The Congregation

    Contributed by Ian Johnson on Jun 10, 2004
    based on 21 ratings

    There is so much talk among self appointed prophets that the day of the gathering Church is over. I can’t sit back and let these words go un-challenged. God is into unity and its impossible to have unity sitting at home by ourselves or cutting ourselves o

  • The Comatose Congregation Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 24, 2002
    based on 97 ratings

    Sardis was a church that had a reputation for being alive - but Jesus saw it as dead. How can we avoid falling into the same patterns that threatened Sardis?

  • Elders In The Congregation Part 2 Series

    Contributed by John Lowe on Mar 20, 2018

    When Paul left Crete, there were certain things that still needed to be set in order; there were false teachers to be silenced, and there was the pressing need for recognized spiritual guides in the assemblies. He left Titus to handle these matters.

    Chapter 1, Verses 5-9 Title: Elders in the Congregation For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you— if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of more

  • Elders, Deacons, And The Congregation

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Apr 17, 2018
    based on 2 ratings

    This lesson is about elders, deacons, and the congregation.

    Scripture It is our great joy today to install Rich Thompson, who has been duly elected by the communicant members of this congregation, to serve as a Ruling Elder in this church; and to install Bill Jeffries, who also has been duly elected by the communicant members of this congregation, to more

  • The Letter To The Ephesian Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015

    The danger of being dutiful and pure without love for Christ Jesus.

    Verse 1 - The message is sent by the One Who walks among the congregations and Who supports and holds accountable the leadership of the congregations. Verse 2 - Jesus begins with the statement "I know". Because He walks among the congregations, He knows everything about each congregation. Jesus more

  • Letter To The Smyrna Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015

    Persecution is to be expected by the godly and enduring persecution can bring great spiritual good.

    Verse 8 – Jesus introduces Himself as being “the First and the Last, Who was dead, and has come to life.” The importance of this particular self-designation to the Smyrna Church of Christ will be seen when we have studied the challenges facing this congregation. Verse 9 more

  • Letter To The Pergamum Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015

    Compromising in holiness is far more dangerous than severe persecution of a congregation and individual Christian.

    Verse 12 - Jesus introduces Himself as having a two-edged sword. The significance of that will be plainly understood later in this letter. Verse 13 - Jesus first tells the congregation that He knows that one of the greatest challenges they must deal with is dwelling where they do - Pergamum - more

  • Letter To The Thyatira Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015

    Both Christ and the Apostle Paul warned that the leaven of sin can destroy a congregation. The leadership at Thyatira are chastened for not practicing congregational discipline.

    Verse 18 – Jesus introduces Himself to the leadership and, secondarily, to the congregation at Thyatira as “the Son of God, Who has eyes like a flame of fire.” The significance of this designation in relationship with the Thyatiran brethren is twofold: (1) This city's god and more

  • Letter To The Sardis Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015

    Congregational leaders need to keep themselves and their members alive and zealously active by invoking and cooperating with the life-reviving Holy Spirit.

    Verse 1 - In each of the seven letters, Jesus introduces Himself differently to each church congregation. He does this because, in each case, the way He introduces Himself is relevant to the situations of each church congregation and the message they need to heed. Jesus introduces Himself more

  • Letter To The Philadelphia Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015

    Due to their rejection of Christ, the Jews lost their position as being God's Chosen. The Church, composed of the believing Jewish Remnant and Gentiles, is now God's Chosen. Christians, alone, have access to the throne of God.

    Verse 7 – Again, we see that this letter is sent to the angel of the church; that is, to the leadership of the congregation in Philadelphia. In the other Letters to the six other congregations, Jesus introduced Himself by taking phrases from the vision of Christ in Chapter 1. This is more

  • Creating Congregational Health Series

    Contributed by Bruce Willis on Jan 25, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    This sermon is the first in a series of five on The Church Health Review which attempts to make members aware that there is a health cycle of the congregation of God’s people.

    Robert Dale in his book “To Dream Again: How To Help Your Church Come Alive,” says that there are four ways to revitalize a church. The strategies would be: change policies, change personnel, change programs or clarify purpose. The fourth way to revitalize a church is to define and act on its more