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The Five E’s Of Church Growth

Acts 2:40-47

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

I. Church growth is not an option.

A. Church growth is a necessity.

B. The church was not called to survival mode but revival mode.

C. We have been given a commission.

Mark 16:15-16

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

D. This scripture is considered to be the “great commission”.

I. So what is a commission?

a formal written warrant granting the power to perform various acts or duties b: a certificate conferring military rank and authority; also : the rank and authority so conferred

E. We have been granted power and authority to tell others about this great truth.

I. Jesus has conferred His rank and authority to us.

F. Witnessing needs to become a compulsion to us.

G. Church growth ought to be second nature for us.

H. I’m afraid we ask the wrong question when it comes to church growth.

I. Too many ask, “what will make our church grow?”

II. We need to ask, “what is keeping our church from growing?”

I. It is not that we need to add anything else to our already busy schedules.

J. We need to see what we can do to modify and improve an already dynamic church to be the greatest church!

II. So, tonight, we want to look at the five E’s of church growth.

Acts 2:40-41

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

A. Evangelism is the first E we want to deal with.

B. We have a responsibility to our society to bring the best news they’ve ever heard to them.

C. Evangelism is the heartbeat of God.

D. Evangelism should be the heartbeat of the Church.

E. Evangelism is a crusading zeal.

F. Evangelism is the driving force behind true church growth.

G. The whole purpose of Christ being on the earth was for evangelism.

Luke 19:10

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

H. Our work of evangelism needs to put a curiosity and hunger in those we work with.


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