6 Things the Church Must Respond to


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6 Things the Church Must Respond to

  1. 1. Six Things the Church Must Respond to February 5th, 2012
  2. 2. The Challenges of the Church“I feel the challenges in the future of the church are going to weigh heavy on the shoulders of those leading, serving, preaching and loving. The effects will be seen not only in the current generation, but future generations.”
  3. 3. #1 - Slothfulness• “Be doers of the words, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1.22)• Hebrews 5.11-14
  4. 4. #2 - Entitlement“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3.16-17; ESV)
  5. 5. #2 - Entitlement“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another…in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4.10-11; ESV)
  6. 6. #3 - Leadership“…shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5.2-3; ESV)
  7. 7. #4 – Youth Priority“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6.7; ESV)
  8. 8. #5 – Idleness“Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.” (1 Timothy 5.13; ESV)
  9. 9. #5 – Idleness“For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.” (Titus 1.10-11; ESV)
  10. 10. #6 – Selfishness“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self- indulgence.” (Matthew 23.25; ESV)
  11. 11. #6 – Selfishness• Romans 2.8• The Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12.12-21)
  12. 12. Six Things the Church Respond to• Slothfulness• Entitlement• Leadership• Youth Priority• Idleness• Selfishness