by: Chris Griffith
If you haven't yet, take a moment to watch or listen to the latest sermon posted, titled Keys to Making the Church Flourish. The sermon is focused on scription fro Nehemiah chapter 7 and 11, and explains the keys to a flourishing city but also applies to the church itself.
In Nehemiah chapter 1, the city is in rough shape. The walls are down, the land is in famine and the people are grumbling. This happens often in the church today.
The first step was to survey the land, and determine how best to organize the people to get the walls rebuilt. People from all over the city were asked to help, and given many different jobs necessary to rebuild the walls.
The sermon goes on to explain what it takes to have a flourishing church.
- The first step is to have leadership that walks with integrity and fears God. These leaders should set the pace.
- Second, we need people who follow the ways of God into important roles. People have different roles to play, and each role is important.
- It is important that people God has chosen to be His have important roles in the church, and that all volunteer to help the church Flourish.
The church needs both experienced people in the it, and new people. We need both experienced followers of Christ, newer but maturing followers of Christ, brand new followers, and even those considering following Christ. The people also need to be open to change, and not hold too tight to the form or ways we've done things in the past. We should be focused on our mission, to share the Gospel of Christ, and be open-minded to new, fresh ways of operating.
Over time every church looks inward. It becomes easy to coast and naturally glide to be focused inward. It takes effort to focus externally and change habits.
Seasoned members are often slowing down in their mission, just when God has given them the time and experience to be most effective in helping guide people to Christ. All of us should take the time to invest in others, and look at their interests to ensure we are building up the Body to be on mission for Him.
Every church must decide to either die to itself and live for Him, or just die. You can't have a selfish, growing church.