See you Sunday. Download the sermon here.
September 13th, 2014 was, in some places, the National Day of National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. The “It’s just as tissue” and “blob of flesh” arguments of the early pro-abortion movement have rightly been exposed as the lies they are.
What abortion (and, by logical extension, euthanasia) does is return the Blessing of God back unopened. Genesis 8:20-9:17. See you tomorrow. If you want to hear the message, you can download it here later this week.
Excellent article yesterday from the New Small Church blog. Taking a look at the if-you-only-did-it-our-way types of articles and blog posts, Karl Vaters deflates the idea that the problem is always with the pettiness or poor attitude (faithlessness) of small church leadership. Now that we’ve seen the process of church cannibalism, and how the mega church is a type of cruise ship.
The problem with many church leadership and church growth blogs is that they only offer up discouragement to the very leaders they purport to correct. After reading many of these myself, the message is, “The problem is YOU. If you really cared, you’d do it right, or get out of the way.”
In the Restoration Movement, we seem to be much less Biblically (ironically) and theologically aware of our fascination with technique and pragmatism, Method is more than ever left unquestioned if it “works.” And what “works,” can often be reduced to people in the seats and funds flowing in, with less concern for what is happening spiritually to congregants. I can only hope the NACC is listening.
Is that true? Is the idea Biblical? We’ll be taking a look at this tomorrow at 11 am. Later in the week, you can download the sermon here.
From New Small Church. Are you a spectator or a participant.
Just “hanging out” is holy. Who Knew?
Some are tired of the show. We can’t compete, because the church has no competition. Only the church can do what it is supposed to do.
Originally posted on The Wittenberg Door:
I recently reposted an article by David Fitch on church cannibalism, that is, how churches often grow at the expense of others. That article may be found here.
Before you think moving on is a good idea, have a look at this by Thom Rainer. One of the problems in transfer growth (church growth by the movement of Christians from one church to another) is that it is often for less-than-good reasons. Before leaving, ask yourself, “Am I seeking to serve or to be served? Do I need more recognition for my service? Am I leaving because the doctrine is sub-Biblical, or because the music is better, or because the experience is just so . . . uplifting?”
Preachers and church leaders, “Am I asking the right questions of those moving to my church?” Are people coming to your church simply because you offer more programs? Have you ever asked Christians to return…
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