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What to look for in a HEALTHY Church – Part 3 (Humble leaders & Living what we believe)

By | May 15th, 2015|Categories: General Ministry|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome back to our discussion on “What to look for in a HEALTHY Church.  In Part 1 we looked at the importance of finding a Church which values the Word of God and has doctrine with Scriptural Integrity.  In Part 2 we looked at finding a Church that preaches the Gospel and prioritizes reaching out to non-Christians with it.  Today we’re discussing the importance of being in a Church run by humble leaders, who lead with integrity and finding a Church where people live out the Word they have received! As I explained in a previous post, we’re making use of Joshua Harris’ book, “Why Church Matters” and looking at factors he believes are integral to finding a healthy Church.  As comments roll in we hope to expand on these and do a couple of posts on some of the non-negotiables you guys are sharing in the comments. Humble Leaders with Integrity Perhaps one of the hardest things to ascertain, but the most important thing to consider is the Leadership of the Church which you join.  There is such a fine line between judging others and using discernment when selecting the Church God has called you to. “No pastor is perfect, but when it comes to evaluating a Church’s leaders, you want to find men you can trust and who’s example you can follow.” – Joshua Harris [Click to Tweet This!] […]

What to look for in a HEALTHY Church – Part 2 (The Gospel & Non-Christians)

By | May 6th, 2015|Categories: General Ministry|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome back to our discussion on “What to look for in a HEALTHY Church.  In Part 1 we looked at the importance of finding a Church which values the Word of God and has doctrine with Scriptural Integrity.  Today we’ll be discussing the importance of finding a Church that values the Gospel and is committed to reaching out to non-believers with it! As I explained in a previous post, we’re making use of Joshua Harris’ book, “Why Church Matters” and looking at factors he believes are integral to finding a healthy Church.  As comments roll in we hope to expand on these and do a couple of posts on some of the non-negotiables you guys are sharing in the comments. Is the Gospel proclaimed? This may sound like a no-brainer because when we think Christian Church, surely that should be synonymous with the Gospel?  But in a postmodern culture we often find Churches tailoring their messages to whatever Self-Help situation society may find themselves in at that moment and “saving” Gospel messages for special occassions.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for relevant, contextual and practical preaching, but like I said in the previous post, our message should be formed around Scripture and not the other way around.  If a Church is not sharing the truth of the Gospel, being that we are all in need of a Saviour, that grace is what saves us, and not our works and that works are merely a natural response to the love and grace shown to us and not the means of our salvation, then I would recommend finding a Church that teaches this, preaches this, and resonates with this message.  Charles Spurgeon put it as follows: “Do not go where it is all fine music and grand talk and beautiful architecture; those things will neither fill anybody’s stomach, nor feed his soul.  Go where the Gospel is preached, the Gospel that really feeds your soul, and go often.”  [Click to Tweet This!] […]

What to look for in a HEALTHY Church – Part 1 (Word & Doctrine)

By | April 24th, 2015|Categories: General Ministry|Tags: , , , , |

Well, as many of you would have read in the anchor post for this article, over the next few weeks we’re talking about what to look for in a healthy Church, so whether you are looking for a healthy Church, or if you’re a Church looking for ways to become healthier, then this is the series for you!  In today’s post we’re looking at the first two “non-negotiables” in Joshua Harris’ Book “Why Church Matters”, God’s Word and Sound Doctrine. What do you go to Church for? When asking people what they look for in a Church, often Word and Doctrine are some of the secondary things mentioned that people look for, but truly, these reveal more about a Church than you could imagine.  If a Church has no reverence for God’s Word and has totally abandoned Doctrine warning bells should be sounding. Is God’s Word faithfully taught? First of all, you need to be asking if the Church is a place where God’s word is faithfully taught.  Is the scripture which is read used in context and does the sermon build on that scripture.  So often I’ve been to sermons which mention scripture in passing and then proceed to be an endless string of anecdotes and at other times scripture has been shared entirely out of context, sometimes to the detriment of the core teaching of that Scripture.  A Church which is faithful to the Word of God and shares it honestly and meaningfully is one in which God’s presence can be found.  The question you need to answer is whether God’s word is the highlight of the sermon, or whether the preacher is highlighting themselves and their great ability to write.  A great sermon simply shares God’s word and tries to unpack what that word is trying to say to His people. A great sermon simply shares God’s word and tries to unpack what that word is trying to say to His people.[Tweet This!] […]

What do you look for in a HEALTHY Church – The Search

By | April 19th, 2015|Categories: General Ministry|Tags: , , |

So, you’ve made a decision to find a healthy Church. Whether you’re finding a Church for the first time, or you’re moving to another Church, it’s a difficult decision to make. Joshua Harris in his book, “Why Church Matters” tackles exactly that subject and says it so well. It’s similar to finding a husband or a wife. You should have a list of nice to haves and a list of non negotiables, and I couldn’t agree more. But more than anything, you should let the Spirit lead, because lets face it, we are not always the best judges of what we need. Whether you are someone looking for a healthy Church or you’re a Church looking to become healthier, my hope is that in the next few weeks we can journey together and discover what a healthy Church looks like together. The Search My wife and I have recently started looking for a new Church community to be a part of, and it has not been easy, but it has been such a blessing to see so many communities in which people are finding Christ and fellowship with one another. One of the things we said we would be looking for is a deep seated and genuine love for God, but also for one another. So, my question to you, once again is this, what do you look for? […]

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