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My City: God’sCityChurchasBridge
Three Key Questions1.What is the church?2.Who is the church for?3.Who does the church belong to?
Three Key Questions1.What is the church?
MovementBodyGrace is lived out
Your church is perfectlydesigned to achieve theresults it is presently getting.
Three Key Questions2. Who is the church for?
1. What they hear.
1.Do you keep the service positive? Is the Sabbathschool director happy about the ones that are there,or is complaining about the ones that aren’t?2.Are you prone to speaking adventese or can guestsclearly discern and understand?
3. When offering time comes, does it paint a pictureof vision and progress or is it a list of complaintsabout bills, past dues and lack of commitment frommembers? People give, are attracted to, andinspired by a positive vision, not a litany ofcomplaints..
Preaching emphasison sin producessinners. Preachingemphasis on Christproduces Christians.
The first word,from the firstsermon fromJesus was…
“Blessed are the poorin spirit,for theirs is thekingdom of heaven..Mathew 5:3
Note theemphasis inJesus’ preaching.
Luke 4:16He went to Nazareth,where he had beenbrought up, and on theSabbath day he wentinto the synagogue, aswas his custom. Hestood up to read
Luke 4:18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to proclaimgood news to the poor. He has sent meto proclaim freedom for the prisoners andrecovery of sight for the blind, to set theoppressed free, 19to proclaim the yearof the Lord’s favor.” 20Then he rolledup the scroll, gave it back to theattendant and sat down.
Isaiah 61 The Spirit of the SovereignLORD is on me,because the LORDhas anointed me to proclaim goodnews to the poor. He has sent me tobind up the brokenhearted, toproclaim freedom for the captivesand release from darkness for theprisoners, 2to proclaim the year ofthe LORD’s favor and the day ofvengeance of our God,
"Of all professed Christians,Seventh-day Adventistsshould be foremost inuplifting CHRIST before theworld.“Ellen G. White, GospelWorkers, p.156
2. What they see.
1. No clear signage. You know where bathrooms,children’s classrooms, the sanctuary and thefellowship hall are. Do they? No!2. Clutter. The longer you are in a church the lessyou see it.
3. The message that sends is this: Wedon’t care about our church. Neithershould you. Please don’t come here.Were good.
3. What they smell.
9.99 out of 10 bathrooms I use in churches smellbad, look bad, and would never be acceptable inany of the members’ homes. Churches withmusty smells, that reek of unattractive odors,send the message: today’s service is to beendured, not enjoyed.
Andy Stanley in his book Deep & Wide, says it best: “thephysical environment does more than leave animpression; it sends a message.” In many churchesthe message is: “We aren’t expecting guests. What weare doing here is not all that important. We expectsomebody to clean up after us. We don’t take pride inour church.”
Three Key Questions3. Who does the church belong to?
“Change will come, when the pain oflosing our children is greater than thedesire to do things the same way wehave always done them.”
Different Menus, Melting Pot,Salad Bowl.
If we would humble ourselves beforeGod, and be kind and courteous andtenderhearted and pitiful, there wouldbe one hundred conversions to thetruth where now there is only one.9T 169