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What Makes a Church Great?

What makes a church great? It depends on who you ask. There are some people who consider a church to be “great” when its average attendance reaches a certain point (e.g., 250 or 500). Only a great church—they argue—could attract that many people. The presence of many people is their proof that it is a… Continue reading What Makes a Church Great?

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I Will Treasure Church Membership as a Gift

(Note: This series is based on "I Am a Church Member" by Thom Rainer). If your house was on fire and you were all alone and you only had time to grab one thing before leaving, what would it be? Now consider for a moment the reason you chose that item. Regardless of what it… Continue reading I Will Treasure Church Membership as a Gift

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I Will Lead My Family to be Healthy Church Members

(This sermon is based on the book "I Am a Church Member" by Thom Rainer) With 9 out of 10 churches declining or growing at a rate slower than their community, church members must take time for careful examination about themselves and their church. Being connected to a local church is essential (not optional) for… Continue reading I Will Lead My Family to be Healthy Church Members

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3 Truths Pastors Must Remember When They Want to Quit (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

Most pastors will admit that they have considered quitting and doing something else. Some are led by God to do so, others just imagine doing so, and the rest realize that God has called them to this task and so they continue. For the pastors who know that God has called them into pastoral ministry… Continue reading 3 Truths Pastors Must Remember When They Want to Quit (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

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I Am a Functioning Church Member (1 Cor 12:12-31)

(Pastor's note: This sermon is part of a series of messages based on the book "I  Am a Church Member" by Thom Rainer.) “9 out of 10 churches in America are declining or growing at a pace slower than that of their communities” (Thom Rainer). There are various reasons that contribute to this, but the… Continue reading I Am a Functioning Church Member (1 Cor 12:12-31)

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The Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)

Today we resume our study of the Gospel of Luke.  Our text is found in Luke 18:1-8 and is commonly referred to as “The Parable of the Persistent Widow”.  In this sermon we shall be encourage one another “always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1) through persistent and patient prayer.  While some may… Continue reading The Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)

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Mature Ministering Members (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Have you shared your story with others and told them how they may become a Christian?  Hopefully, you are seeing your unchurched family and friends coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Last week we learned that being connected to a local church is not an optional aspect of spiritual growth but an essential… Continue reading Mature Ministering Members (Ephesians 4:11-16)

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The Church (Part 1)

In our current series, we have been discussing good habits for Christians.  First, we discussed the healthy and holy habit of Bible Reading and learned that the Bible is divinely inspired, divine instruction that is good for our head, heart, and hands.  Then, we discussed the importance of talking with God (talking and listening) through… Continue reading The Church (Part 1)

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Is the Church Important? (Matthew 16:18)

Over the past few months we have been discussing our Mission and Vision.  Our Mission—What We Are Called To Do—is reaching and teaching for changed lives.  Our Vision—Where We Hope To Go—is that we want to be a community of disciples who love God and love others.  We have already discussed two principles needed to… Continue reading Is the Church Important? (Matthew 16:18)