December 29, 2019
Sermon Title: How to Grow Our Church
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Scripture Text: Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
How to Grow Our Church
The great commission is still our commission. The Lord has never rescinded His orders to make disciples and baptize them. He is still asking His church to do this work Proverbs 23:7 "As a man thinketh, so is he." If we don't think in terms of the church growth or of winning people to Christ then we won't do it.
Let's consider the different approaches to church growth in order to determine what would work best.
I. There is the "come on in" approach: This "Come on In" approach is the traditional approach that most churches used in the past to get new people. It's the idea that you come to us because of who we are and what we know.
II. There is the "drive-around" approach: Some people prefer a church where the services are not long. People in America are always busy. They don't have much time to waste and especially, when it comes to church.
III. There is the "Come and play" with us approach: The "Come and Play" approach church may also be the "Come and Eat" church as well.
IV. There is the "door-to-door" approach: The early Christians went from house to house or door to door, teaching and proclaiming the good news about Jesus.
V. There is the "coffee house" approach: This is the idea of meeting with people for coffee or a coke and just visiting. Then we witness for Jesus.
Illustration: A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him in front of the service station. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.
"Preacher," said the young man, "I'm sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip." The minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."
Food for Thought:
Preacher D. L. Moody was criticized for his soul winning methods by a man one time to which Moody replied, "I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it."
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