�Everyday Problems Christians Face� by 2IU1PX

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									 Growth MUST BE Based On
  Truth – Not Gimmicks!
 Not Just Growth – But The
  Right Kind Of Growth!!
 The Need For Edification –
 The Need For Evangelism –
 The Need To Provide An
  Environment For Growth!
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                 To have a successful,
                    growing, vibrant
                      church, it is
                 essential to observe
                  successful, growing
                    churches, and to
                 learn from their most
                     productive and
    Rick Burgess, of the Rick and Bubba
morning radio program will be preaching at
Homewood church of Christ in Birmingham AL
for their homecoming. Rick, who is not shy
     when it comes to telling about his
adherence to the Baptist doctrine, will be
 given the floor to tell his story of his
     faith and how he walks with Jesus.
"Please join us Sunday, October 15 during
  our 10 AM Service to hear Rick Burgess
share the story of his faith and his walk
               with Jesus.“
Acts 2:47 (NKJV) praising God and having favor with all the
   people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who
   were being saved.
Acts 4:4 (NKJV) However, many of those who heard the word
   believed; and the number of the men came to be about five
   thousand.
Acts 6:7 (NKJV) Then the word of God spread, and the number
   of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great
   many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Acts 9:31 (NKJV) Then the churches throughout all Judea,
   Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And
   walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy
   Spirit, they were multiplied.
 Individual spiritual
  growth -
   Commitment - Mat 6:33
   Through teaching - Heb
    5:12; Eph 4:1-16
   Through providing
    opportunities to utilize talents
    – Mat 25:14-30
   Through training – Eph 4:11-
    16
   Accomplished through love -
Honey I Shrunk the Church
  Part 2 - The Chicken or the Egg?
             by Allen Ratta
               Egg Laying
The oft recited, "which came first,
 the chicken or the egg," riddle is
     easy for those who understand
    biblical creationism. God made
     chickens first. . . . If the
 sequencing is right, things have a
  way of taking care of themselves.
  For example, when one has healthy
 chickens there will be no shortage
The Institute For American Church Growth
asked over 10,000 people this question:
"What was responsible for your coming to
Christ and this church?"
 • I had a special need - 3%
 • I just walked in - 3%
 • I liked the minister - 6%
 • I visited there - 1%
 • I liked the Bible classes - 5%
 • I attended a gospel meeting - 0.5%
 • I liked the programs - 3%
 • A friend or relative invited me -
 Qualified Leadership –
  1 Tim 3:1-7; Tit 1:5-9
 Substantive Preaching –
  2 Tim 4:2
 Edifying Bible Classes –
  Eph 4:12
 Heartfelt Worship – John
  4:24
 Inspiring relationships –
  Rom 12:5-10
 Enthusiastic Teamwork –
  Rom 12:5-8; Eph 4:16
 The Great            Desire
  Commission -
  Mark 16:15-16        Priorities
 Church is Pillar &   Commitment
  Ground of Truth -
  1 Tim 3:15           Dedication
 Early Disciples      Knowledge
  Spread the Word -
  Acts 8:4             Execution
 Radio Program
 Bring Others to Regular
  Services
 Gospel Meeting
 Home Bible Studies
 Tracts / BCC / Videos
 Tapes - CD’s
 Website /
  www.w65stchurchofchrist.org
 Lack of Respect     Respect For God
 Pride               Humility
 Ignorance of        Knowledge of
  Scripture            Scripture
 Lack of Faith       Increasing Faith
 Worldliness         Spirituality
 Lack of             Commitment to
  Commitment           Service
 Lack of Zeal        Zeal
 Lack of Love        Love
 Gossip/Backbitin    Encouragement
Proper Spiritual Food - 1 Pet. 2:1-2; Heb.
  5:13-14; Psa. 119: 9; 11, 49-50, 105, 130; Eph.
  4:14

Involvement of all – 1 Cor 12:24-27;
  Ephe 4:16

An Atmosphere of Love - Jn. 15:12; Gal.
  5:15; 1 Cor. 12:26; 1 Peter 1:22

Discipline - Heb. 12:5-11; Gal. 6:1-2; 2 Tim.
  4:2; 2 Cor. 2:1-6; Jas. 5:16
• Meets Needs?
• Neatness &
  Cleanliness?
• Dark or Bright?
• Sufficient Space?
• Location –
  Accessible, Visible
  and Safe?
 Preach Jesus With The
  Same Fervor and Love For
  The Lost As Our First
  Century Brethren!
 Do Those Things That
  Promote Growth Rather
  Than Hinder It!
 Provide An Atmosphere
  Conducive To Spiritual
  Growth!
  Why We Are Not
Converting The World
I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel
        I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel



 Why such little interest?
  – Cares of the world (Luke 8:14; Phil. 2:21)
   – Gospel demands changes – love darkness (John
     3:19)
   – False sense of security (Jer. 6:14; 8:11)
   – Not popular (Matt. 7:13-14; John 1:11-12; 6:66)
       I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel



 Why such little interest?
 Our job – not to convert, but teach
  – Command is to teach (Mark 16:15)
  – Even if don’t listen – done our job (Ezek. 3:16-21)
  – Jesus taught many turned away (John 1:11-12)
  – Crowds rejected the apostles (Acts 13:45; 17:32)
        I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel


 Why such little interest?
 Our job – not to convert, but teach
 The “unlikely” just may listen & obey
   – Religious – Cornelius (Acts 10)
  –   Non-Religious – Simon (Acts 8:9-13)
  –   Worldly – Corinthians ( Acts 18:8; 1 Cor. 6:9-11)
  –   Ignorant – Jews (Acts 2:23; 3:17)
  –   Mean & Hateful – Saul (Acts 8:3; 9:1-2; 1 Tim. 1:15)
  –   Political – Jailor (Acts 16:31-33)
  Why We Are Not
Converting The World
I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel

   II. Don’t View The World As Lost
           II. Don’t View The World As Lost



 World is lost in sin
  – All men are sinners (Rom. 3:9, 23; 1 Jn. 5:14)
   – Sin separates from God (Isa. 59:1-2; Jas. 1:15)
   – If die in sin – hell fire (Rom. 6:23; 2 Thess. 1:7-9)
   – Reason Jesus came to earth (Matt. 18:11; Lk 19:10)

                              Any One Who Has Not
                               Obeyed The Gospel
                                    Is Lost
                              & Needs The Gospel
           II. Don’t View The World As Lost



 World is lost in sin
 How we view people of the world
  – Good people
  – Believe different than we do
  – Focus on friendship, likeable, good moral qualities
  – Little or no attention to the fact – they are LOST!

May be because our focus is on the here and now!
           II. Don’t View The World As Lost



 World is lost in sin
 How we view people of the world
 Motivated to greater evangelism
  – If viewed the people from - spiritual condition
  – If view them without hope (Eph. 2:12)
  – If view them on road to hell (Rev. 21:8)
  Why We Are Not
Converting The World
I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel

    II. Don’t View The World As Lost

III. Message Preached Is Not Redemption
         III. Message Preached Is Not Redemption



 Gospel Message – Redemption / Salvation
  – Power unto salvation (Rom. 1:16-17)
  –   How we are saved (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
  –   1st Gospel sermon – salvation from sin (Acts 2)
  –   Sermon on Mars Hill – salvation (Acts 17:22-31)
  –   1st Sermon to Gentiles (Acts 10:34-48)
  –   Sermon in Antioch on 1st Journey (Acts 13:16-41)
  –   Books like Romans, Galatians, Ephesians,
      Colossians, etc. have themes about salvation.
       III. Message Preached Is Not Redemption



 Gospel Message – Redemption / Salvation
 Gospel Demands Change of Life
  – Repentance (Acts 2:38; 17:30-31)
  – Stop & cease sin (Rom. 6)
  – Give up old religion (1 Thess. 1:9)
  – Start doing things to serve God (Acts 26:17-20)
       III. Message Preached Is Not Redemption



 Gospel Message – Redemption / Salvation
 Gospel Demands Change of Life
 Message Has Shifted - Social
  – More on relationships
  – How to be a better person
  – “Feel Good” preaching
  – Topics: Depression, Coping, Aging, etc.
  Why We Are Not
Converting The World
I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel

    II. Don’t View The World As Lost

III. Message Preached Is Not Redemption

     IV. Content To “Keep House”
             IV. Content To “Keep House”



 What mean by “keeping house”?
  – Assemble, worship – do little more
  – Maintain “status quo”
  – Thinking: We have a church – place to worship – so
    we     meet Sunday & Wednesday do nothing more.
  – No effort to reach the lost
  – Have Gospel Meetings – little advertising – expect
    world to come – if brethren from other places come -
    success
              IV. Content To “Keep House”



 What mean by “keeping house”?
 Why are we content?
  – Don’t want to grow – don’t like “big” churches
   – Think our mission to mere show up at worship
   – Don’t worry about growth if numbers stay about
     same
   – View church as a religious club
           IV. Content To “Keep House”



 What mean by “keeping house”?
 Why are we content?
 A Church that didn’t keep house


           Church at Antioch
               Acts 13
  Why We Are Not
Converting The World
I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel

    II. Don’t View The World As Lost

III. Message Preached Is Not Redemption

     IV. Content To “Keep House”

V. Fear Of Offending & Alienating Others
        V. Fear Of Offending & Alienating Others



 Fear of offending
   – Gospel will offend (Luke 12:53; Acts 13:45-48)
   – Gospel is distinctive & narrow (1 John 4:1, 6)
   – Gospel convicts world of sin (John 16:8; Acts 2:37)
   – Fear of making folks mad – upsetting them
      • Uncomfortable when bring a friend and sermon deals with….
      • Afraid “turn them off” or they will dislike us
   – Many have been converted – first got mad!
        V. Fear Of Offending & Alienating Others



 Fear of offending
 Fear of Alienating a friend
   – Gospel will alienate people (Luke 12:53)
   – If try to convert friend or family – could cause a strain
   – So, deem it not worth the risk (cf. Lk 16:28)
  Why We Are Not
Converting The World
I. World Is Not Interested In The Gospel

    II. Don’t View The World As Lost

III. Message Preached Is Not Redemption

     IV. Content To “Keep House”

V. Fear Of Offending & Alienating Others
           What Can We Do?
•   Become more of an evangelist church
•   Try to reach family, friends with gospel
•   Tell others about radio program
•   Set up Home Bible Studies
•   Bring someone to a Gospel Meeting
•   Bring someone to a service
•   Talk to others about Bible questions
  Tell others about radio program
•   Set up Home Bible Studies
•   Bring someone to a Gospel Meeting
•   Bring someone to a service
•   Talk to others about Bible questions

								
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