What Is A Successful Church? A Study Of Local N.T. Churches and modern application
What Is A Successful Church?●SUCCESSFUL, a. Terminating inaccomplishing what is wished orintended; having the desired effect;hence, in a good sense, prosperous;fortunate; happy; as a successfulapplication of medicine; a successfulexperiment in chemistry or inagriculture; a successful enterprise.● The English word ‘Success’appears only ONCE in the KJV butThe Hebrew word that it comes fromIs used 63 times● What Is A Successful Church?
What Is A Successful Church?●SUCCESSFUL, a. Terminating inaccomplishing what is wished orintended; having the desired effect;hence, in a good sense, prosperous;fortunate; happy; as a successfulapplication of medicine; a successfulexperiment in chimistry or inagriculture; a successful enterprise.● The English word ‘Success’appears only ONCE in the KJV butThe Hebrew word that it comes fromIs used 63 times● What Is A Successful Church?
What Identifies A Church?● Built upon the truth of the Lordship ofChrist – Matt 16:13-18, I Cor 12:3● Baptized Believers called out from theworld to be likeminded in matters of- Faith (truth)- Fellowship- Fidelity (practice)- Furtherance of the GospelActs 2:41-47● Ballast and Bedrock of Truth- The Church is to uphold the truth- The Church is to further the truth- The Church is to protect the truthII Tim 4:2-5, Phil 2:16, I Tim 3:15,
What Are Some Indicators Of A Successful Church?● A Successful Church is on The OffensiveMatt 16:18 (assaulting)● A Successful Church Is Prevailing(making a difference, agitating) Matt16:18● A Successful Church Is Obedient To TheWord- In dealing with personal conduct- In dealing with personal convictions- In dealing with personal consecrationMatt 18:15-18, 2 Thess 3, Matt 5:14-16,1 Peter 1:15-16, Romans 12:1-2, Heb12:1-3, Gal 5:22-23● A Successful Church Offers Itself FirstAnd Then Gives Towards The FurtheranceOf The Gospel2 Cor 8, Acts 4:32-37
Indicators Of A Successful Church● A Successful Church Offers Sacrifices of- Prayer – Rev 8:3- Praise – Heb 13:15- Person (themselves) Rom 10:14-15, 2 Cor 8:1-5, Isaiah 6- Pecuniary – Phil 4:18-19, 2 Cor 9:7Overseas Flights (as of 3/11/12)$685 to Puerto Rico$1,158 to St. Petersburg Russia$1,747 to Peru$ 2,178 to South Africa$ 980 to Mexico$ 445 to Portland Maine$.03 to your neighbor
Indicators Of A Successful Church○ A successful church observes the Lord’sCommands- Keep my commandments – I John 2:3,3:22, 5:2-3These commands are NOT grievous- Walk in the Spirit – I John 3:24, 4:1- 6,13, Ez 36:27, Rom 8:1-4, 14, Gal 5: 16,22-23,-Care for the sick and feebleminded- IThess 5:8-12- Love one another – John 13:34- 35, 15:12,17, Rom 12:10,18:8, Gal 5:13, Eph 4:2, I Thess 3:12, I Tim 4:9, Heb 10:24, I Peter 1:22, 3:8, I John 3:11,223, 4:7,11,12, 2Jn 5.- Cares for widows and fatherless James 1:26-27- Cares for the lost/unsaved – 2 Cor 5:14, Luke 19:10, Rom 1:14-16- Cares for one another’s needsJames 2:14-16, I John 3:17, Gal 6:2, Matt7
Instructions For A Successful Church (III.) I Timothy 4:6-16A. Hold Fast to Sound DoctrineB. Nourishment On The Word Of GodC. Abstain From Myths and Generational Slants of Truth I Tim 1:4, 4:7, 2 Tim 4:4, Titus 1:14, 2 Pet 1:16- Unproven stories- False application due to faulty understanding/interpretation- Trying to incorporate Christianity with Mythology (zeus, medusa, etc)- Superstitions- Modern myths/slants which cause us to errD. Discipline self to GodlinessE. Labor and Suffer Reproach (suffer- allow)Heb 13:13, 11:26, Luke 6:22 (reproach) I Cor15:58, Gal 6:7-9 (labor)(cont)
WHAT IS A SUCCESSFUL CHURCH? Part 4:Instructions For A Successful Church I Tim 4:10-end
Instructions For A Successful ChurchFollow The Leader – I Timothy 4:10-end Followship Isn’t BLIND Followship Isn’t Being Weak Minded Followship Isn’t Boring
Instructions For A Successful Church: Follow “He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.” “The first order of things to be changed is me, the leader. After I consider how hard it is to change myself, then I will understand the challenge of trying to change others. This is the ultimate test of leadership.” [John Maxwell] Leaders have two characteristics: first they are going somewhere, and second they are able to persuade other people to go with them. [John Maxwell] “If A Shepherd cannot get sheep to follow is it a reflection of him not being a leader or the goats not being sheep?” - Delello
Instructions For A Successful Church: Follow Is Your Pastor “worth following?” Does he give you reason to despise him?How Is his example in WORD (Doctrine)How is his example in Conversation(Behavior)How is his example in Charity(affection, benevolence, hospitality)How is his example in spirit (mental andemotional disposition, principle)How is his example in faith (truth of Godput to moral character and practice)
Instructions For A Successful Church: FollowHow is his example in purity(chaste, cleanliness,)How is his example in humility?How is his example in study?How is his example in authority?How is his example in Prayer andMeditation?How is his example in obedience to theWord?How is his example in Obedience to theSpirit?How is his example towards thosewithout (Reputation from community?)
1Co 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.Instructions For A Successful 1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which Church: Follow walk so as ye have us for an ensample.Ways to Follow the Pastor In Word (doctrine) In Conversation (behavior) Charity (affection, benevolence)Spirit (principle, mental and emotional disposition) Faith (conduct and moral character) Purity (chaste, cleanliness) Reputation Study Authority in Scripture Prayer and Meditation Obedience to the Word Obedience to the Spirit Hospitality Humility Valor Purity Integrity
Jer 50:6 Instructions For A My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds Successful Church: have caused them to go astray, they have turned Follow them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten theirWays to Follow the restingplace. Pastor Authority in Scripture Prayer and Meditation Obedience to the Word Obedience to the Spirit Hospitality Humility Valor Purity Integrity
WHAT IS A SUCCESSFUL CHURCH SERIES: PART 5 INSTRUCTIONS AND INDICTMENTS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT REVELATION 2-3
Pastoral Responsibility Minister – SERVANT I Peter 5:1-4 1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also anelder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, butwillingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over Gods heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Pastoral Responsibility For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: Titus 1:5
WHAT IS A SUCCESSFUL CHURCH REVELATION 2:18-25 The Successful Church of Thyatira
Tale of Two Churches Ephesus ThyatiraDiminished their first love over Deepened Their love over time time Re 2:19 Re 2:4 I know thy works, and charity,Nevertheless I have somewhat and service, and faith, and thyagainst thee, because thou hast patience, and thy works; and left thy first love the last to be more than the first.
Jezebel1. Queen of Israel I Kings 162. Daughter Of Ethbaal, king and priest of baal worshipping Sidonians.3. Introduced the nation to worshipping Ashtoroth4. Ahab’s wife
LAODICEA• The city is located in the Lycus River Valley together with Hierapolis and Colossae. This valley is a natural route of travel from east to west.• The city was founded by the Seleucid king Antiochus II and named for his wife Laodice about 260 B.C.
"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen,the faithful and true witness, the beginning of thecreation of God; 15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Rev 3:14-16)
Problem:1. Change in temperature indicated a cooling off2. Was heated but then lost its source3. Not cold – not hot4. Lukewarm water induces vomit5. Better if it was never heated
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ComplacencyRevelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, andincreased with goods, and have need of nothing; andknowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, andpoor, and blind, and naked:
Self Deception Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; andknowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Substituted Wants As NeedsRevelation 3:17-18 Because thou sayest, I am rich, andincreased with goods, and have need of nothing; andknowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, andpoor, and blind, and naked:I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, thatthou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayestbe clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do notappear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thoumayest see.
PerspectiveRev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
HOPERe 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Following Biblical Patterns• Jerusalem• Acts 2:41-47 Steadfast Unity Spirit Filled Preaching Boldness Known by Focused On Structured community Word of God Public Prayerful Priorities Testimony
Following Biblical Patterns • Jerusalem – Acts 2:41-47 Persecution poverty Incomplete Bible Dictatorship multicultural Captive/enslavedproblems within diversified No “rights” Enemies Divers religion No property without
Following Biblical Patterns church of Jerusalem• Preachers/Missionaries Sent Out Of Jerusalem – Peter – James (persecuted) – John – James (became pastor) – Paul – Stephen (deacon-martyred) – Phillip (deacon –turned evangelist) – Barnabas
Persecution Or Motivation?Before Persecution During/After Persecution Jerusalem Jerusalem Judea Samaria Global
Its FunctionActs 13:1-3 Churches Begin Churches
Its Follow ThroughActs 13:1-314:26,15:30-41ConvertConfirmCommission
Its FavorActs: The “home church” should be a place13:1-3,14:26, 1.of respite (rest)15:30-41, 18:22-23 2.of report 3.of ‘rescue’(in case of emergency) 4.of recuperation (healing) 5.of resource 6.of rejoicing You may delete this page.
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