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  • A Functioning Church

    Contributed by George Rennau on Mar 25, 2003
    based on 44 ratings
     | 2,031 views

    Truth for a church after a split, but on the mend - We are not a perfect church but we are headed in the right direction.

    Illustration “Don’t Join That Church” A poem There is no perfect Church You know, its come to my attention that there are people talking about us and our church I don’t know how many times people in the community have said in sort of a snide way “O, you’re the pastor of that ...read more

  • Form Vs. Function

    Contributed by Rick Stacy on Mar 27, 2002
    based on 20 ratings
     | 2,665 views

    One of a series on the church from the book of Acts.

    Do you remember the decisions you made when you left High School. There was the decision that led you to college or to the military. Or perhaps it was a decision that led you a factory job or to trade school. One little decision that probably shaped the rest of your life. Any architect ...read more

  • Emphasize A Biblically-Functioning Eldership Series

    Contributed by Michael Luke on Feb 3, 2005
    based on 54 ratings
     | 7,617 views

    The importance and function of the eldership in the church. Includes ordination service of a newly-elected elder at the end of the message.

    SERIES: ‘THE CHALLENGE TO THE CHURCH IN 2005” TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 3:1-7; TITUS 1:6-9; 1 PETER 5:1-3; ACTS 20:28-31 TITLE: “EMPHASIZE A BIBLICALLY-FUNCTIONING ELDERSHIP” INTRODUCTION: A. Two police officers respond to a call from the dispatcher concerning a bad traffic accident. ...read more

  • Faithful, Follower Functioning For The Lord Series

    Contributed by Dean Courtier on Apr 12, 2016
    based on 5 ratings
     | 4,989 views

    Three of the Marks of Discipleship in our lives, the indicators, the evidence, the proof, that demonstrates we are true disciples of Jesus. Faithful, Follower Functioning for the Lord.

    Marks of Discipleship: Faithful, Follower Functioning for the Lord Our theme this year is Dynamic Disciples.We have been thinking about what it really means for us to be a disciples of Jesus. This morning our focus is on the Marks of Discipleship in our lives, the indicators, the evidence, ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Functions For Believers

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 68 ratings
     | 8,335 views

    1. The Holy Spirit seeks to bring greater glory to the Lord through every believer. Jesus said, "He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you." (John 16:14) Ask the Lord to help you give God greater glory through the Holy Spirit working to illuminate, manifest ...read more

  • What's Driving Our Church

    Contributed by Jim Kane on Mar 10, 2003
    based on 36 ratings
     | 2,240 views

    A fully functioning church is one driven by the five main functions – worship, outreach, fellowship, discipleship, and service.

    Rick Warren tells the story of Westside Church’s yearly church council meeting whose sole agenda item was to determine the church program for the next year. Convened by the chairperson, Steve Johnson this is a summary what happened: “We’ve got a lot to cover tonight, folks, so we’d better get ...read more

  • Making God Smile

    Contributed by Jim Kane on Mar 10, 2003
    based on 39 ratings
     | 1,403 views

    The function of worship is to bring God appropriate pleasure.

    (Overhead 1) This time of year is a time for love, romance, and passion. Millions of dollars are spent on Valentine’s Day gifts. In fact a 1998 report from Ball State University indicates, “Valentine’s Day ranks second behind Christmas in total sales of candy, flowers and cards.” Love is ...read more

  • Playing For God

    Contributed by Jim Kane on Mar 25, 2003
    based on 28 ratings
     | 1,005 views

    The function of fellowship is to be a better member of God’s family.

    This morning we continue toward the conclusion of our series on God’s vision for us, “A fully following and faithfully functioning church.” We spent the month of January looking at the lives of 10 Biblical characters and how they illustrate what it means to fully follow God. And we have spent the ...read more

  • Operating The Motivational Gifts Series

    Contributed by Ajai Prakash on Apr 29, 2009
    based on 15 ratings
     | 15,685 views

    Whatever the spiritual realm is, it bestows on people a range of accomplishment abilities that go beyond mere skill or knack. A gift of the Spirit is something that God gives for the purpose of building up others in a life of faith.

    Opening illustration: Living Unaware of Our Vast Fortune Come with me into West Texas during the Depression. Mr. Ira Yates was like many other ranchers and farmers. He had a lot of land, and a lot of debt. Mr. Yates wasn’t able to make enough on his ranching operation to pay the principal and ...read more

  • The Local Church Is The Hope Of The World Series

    Contributed by Jerry Watts on Sep 9, 2009
    based on 8 ratings
     | 18,051 views

    The last of the 5 part series based on the Core Beliefs of HBC

    The Local Church Is the Hope of the World Matthew 16:17-19 * This morning I begin with a confession. These five Core Beliefs which we agree and have now spent 5 weeks on have been my personal core beliefs for almost 15 years. In praying about this message, I was attempting to recall where I had ...read more

  • The Blood Series

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Nov 15, 2000
    based on 357 ratings
     | 43,108 views

    Our blood does seven life giving functions and the shed blood of Jesus Christ does seven everlasting life giving functions.

    The Blood Thesis: Our blood does seven life giving functions and the shed blood of Jesus Christ does seven everlasting life giving functions. Texts: Hebrews 9:11-28 11. When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect ...read more

  • Thanksgiving, Praise & Worship

    Contributed by Bob Ashcraft on Jul 26, 2002
    based on 169 ratings
     | 19,316 views

    This is an examination of these three functions of the Church, how they differ and the importance operating in them.

    Thanksgiving, Praise & Worship Pastor Bob Ashcraft July 14, 2002 (RealAudio Help) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- INTRODUCTION: § These are different words used in scripture with different meanings and specific ...read more

  • We Are Family

    Contributed by Denn Guptill on Dec 3, 2003
    based on 46 ratings
     | 2,681 views

    Looks at the church and how it’s supposed to function as a family

    Over the past couple of years the media has made having a hay day with the news that fewer and fewer Canadians are attending church on any giving Sunday. They cite statistics that as a people Canadians seem to be becoming more spiritual, that is they pray more and meditate but they are not going to ...read more

  • Clothe Yourself With Christ

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Sep 7, 2005
    based on 27 ratings
     | 6,245 views

    How does the law function in the life of the believer? It is not proscriptive, but descriptive.

    When he was a boy growing up in Philadelphia, Tony Campolo and his best friend devised what they considered a brilliant and creative Halloween prank - one which, by the way, they never carried out. Their plan was to break into the basement of the local five-and-dime store. (To explain to children ...read more

  • The 3 R's Of The Church

    Contributed by Dan Steadman on Feb 16, 2003
    based on 30 ratings
     | 2,528 views

    This sermon outlines the three primary functions of the Church:Reconciliation, Rejoicing, and Reproduction.

    Jn 3:16-21, Acts 2:41-47 THE THREE R’S OF THE CHURCH Why does the church exist? You may have many answers to that question, but what does God think? Let’s look at His answer. It can easily be summed up in one word: RELATIONSHIP. Relationships are definitely number ONE with God. To make ...read more