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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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Church growth is a mystery. Church failure is predictable. Church health is what really matters.Everyone wants the sure thing.If we just learn the right principles, follow the latest How To Grow Your Church list, or (my favorite) “do it like the early church”, then Boom! Our church is guaranteed numerical success.I wish.Here’s the reality behind church growth.You can predict church failure. Do enough of the wrong things (or not enough of the right things) and almost anyone can predict that a church body is doomed.But you can’t predict church growth.You can remove the obstacles to growth. You can put in systems that will help you be ready for growth. You can pray for growth, work for growth, preach about growth, evangelize for growth…But none of that makes numerical church growth guaranteed or predictable.Why There Are No Growth GuaranteesHow can I be so sure? Because there are so many great pastors and congregations that followed all the right steps but didn’t see the promised results. And there are other congregations that have made a ton of mistakes, but experienced rapid growth.One church says “we followed the latest research, changed what needed to be changed, upgraded our music, our facility, our discipleship program, and that’s why we grew.” Another church says “all we did was preach the Word, and that’s why we grew.”Meanwhile a third church says “we followed the latest research, changed what needed to be changed, upgraded our music, our facility, our discipleship program, but didn’t grow at all.” While the church down the street says “we’re just staying faithful and preaching the Word, but we’re not growing either.”What you won’t ever hear is “we argue a lot over music, it takes forever ...Continue reading...
Today, a Richmond Circuit Court ruled in favor of three Christian Evangelists who were charged with five counts of "making a loud and disturbing noise" for street preaching in downtown Richmond. The court ruled that the preachers did not violate the statute.
See previous "Grace Notes" Newsletters In this edition: 3 Fresh new PowerPoint Sermons First Timer Info. from Pastor Jerry: "I love expository preaching -- letting the Word of God do the work of God.  And it's amazing how God makes the topics fit the needs of the hour for each and every person present.  And then when you talk on delicate subjects it is not you speaking but the Lord.  And the reason you dealt with it is not because of a present issue in the church but because it was the next subject in the text.  God bless you and HIS ministry thru you there!" Just released: 3/22/09 - "Captivity" - 1 Kings 12 Amazing similarities exist between Israel and America - from their founding to civil war to sinful rejection of God...to the 70 year captivity!   Click to see the Series 3/22/09 - "Construction" - Ezra / Nehemiah Anytime the people of God say let us rise up and build the devil and his forces rise up in opposition. Rebuilding Jerusalem, the Temple, and the Walls, and the coming reunification of Israel.     3/18/09 - "Good Words for Bad Days" - 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 Bad words may be the first to come to mind when times are hard. But our text has some encouraging good words, particularly right now. Click to see the Series Stimulus Sale!  Best Deal!          The Complete Collection [save $630 for a limited time only!]   Now over 80% off!  [The Joshua Series and 2008 Topical Sermons have been added for free thru this offer, below...] DO YOU HAVE 'THE COMPLETE COLLECTION'? 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