Summary: S.W.O.T. is an acronym for Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. While time this morning does not permit us to expound on an exhaustive SWOT analysis of our church, let us consider some of our major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and t
As we come to the end of this year and face the beginning of a New Year with a clean slate, we need to good look at our church and ourselves. We need to see where we are and where we should be. In the business world, many companies when planning use a method of business analysis called SWOT analysis. It is a method that if we apply it to the church should help us to “count the cost, to see whether we have sufficient to finish the task before us. S.W.O.T. is an acronym for Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. While time this morning does not permit us to expound on an exhaustive SWOT analysis of our church, let us consider some of our major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. And having done so let us make the necessary changes, plans, and commitments to be effective in the service of the King of kings, Jesus Christ.
I. Our Strengths
A. What are our strengths? What do we do well? What assets do we possess?
B. Our Faith
1. Romans 1:8 "First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world."
2. Our faith is not in a religion, a denomination, or a philosophy but it is in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
a. Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, `It is Jesus Christ.’"
b. Romans 10:9-13 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
c. Imagine, if you will, a wire stretched between the Terminal Tower and the BP Building on Public Square in Cleveland. A lone individual stands on the ledge of the 32nd floor of the Terminal Tower and announces his intent to walk across the wire to the other building. Of course, a crowd has gathered below because what he intends is a bit strange. The tightrope walker asks the crowd if they believe he can make it across. They nod in assent (who would be dumb enough to try without a reasonable chance?). Carefully, slowly he teeters his way across almost falling. Reaching the other side he holds up a wheelbarrow and asks the crowd if they think he could push it across before him. Some nod in assent. Some shrug their shoulders in response. The tightrope walker then singles out a man and yells down to him, "Sir, do you think I can make it?” The response is affirmative so the walker says, "Then prove your faith by riding in the wheelbarrow." Christ calls to us personally, saying He will guide us over life with its dangers. Will you ride in the wheelbarrow?