“INGREDIENTS TO A GROWING CHURCH!” PART 2

Read Revelation 3:14-22. Yesterday we covered, I. “There must be a Genuine Love for God,” today;
 
II. THERE MUST A GREATER THAN EVER LOVE FOR THE WORD OF GOD.
 
Pease read Acts 17:10-11 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
 
God’s Book, the Bible is to the sinner a love story of appeal and a warning if rejected. To the Christian it is a book of instructions.
 
Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
 
Love for the Word of God means a constant study in order to apply the doctrines correctly. There are some very definite “danger signals” and “doctrines of demons” the Christian must be aware of.
 
1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
 
Four danger signals:
 
A. Beware the teaching of “no other doctrines.”
Beware of anyone who denies the virgin birth, the
deity of Christ & His
resurrection, etc.
 
B. Beware of “endless genealogies” 1:4.
 
C. Beware of: Obstaining from certain foods 4:3.
 
D. Beware of one who knows it all 1:7.
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“INGREDIENTS TO A GROWING CHURCH!”

In this three day study we want to emphasize Five Ingredients to a Growing Church! I am hoping that many pastors and Christian Workers will grasp these important truths.
 
Revelation 3:14-22.
 
Paul said in Romans 1:14, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.”
 
There are several ingredients to any church to be well pleasing to the Lord. Most people have just enough religion to be miserable, and the average church is typical of the Laodicean church; namely, lukewarm verse 14.
 
If we are to grow and reach our goal of faithful membership in all the services we must make these five ingredients the most important.
 
THERE MUST BE A GENUINE LOVE FOR GOD.
 
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
 
Matthew 22:37, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
 
We cannot grow effectively without love for God and with a half-hearted attitude toward God according to Romans 12:1-2, 8:35-37.
 
It must be the love of Christ:
 
A. A personal love. Galatians 2:20.
 
B. A conquering love. Romans 8:35-38.
 
C. An unbreakable love Romans 8:35.
 
D. An intimate love. John 14:21.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FIVE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!” CONCLUSION!

 
Please read Jeremiah 2:1-8
 
Yesterday we covered the importance of INIQUITY and IDOLITRY and today:
 
I. THE QUESTION OF INSINCERITY VERSES 21-23.
 
A. Their hypocrisy was evident: Israel says, “I have not sinned.” They have a false sense of self-confidence verses 35-37.
B. Hiding is impossible for them Matthew 7:21-23.
 
II. THE QUESTION OF INCOMPETENCE VERSES 28-29, 32.
 
A. Their gods cannot help them.
B. Their appeals cannot be regarded.
C. The remembrance has left out the true and living God.
 
III. THE QUESTION OF INCONSISTENCY VERSES 33-36.
 
A. They compromised their position verse 33.
B. They catered to their enemies for pleasure verses 34-36.
C. They changed their ways for power verse 36.
 
How do you and I measure along side these great questions this morning? We ought to add one more question from the New Testament, Hebrews 2:3, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?”

“FIVE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!” PART 2

Read Jeremiah 2 :1-8.
 
These 21 questions of Jeremiah are grouped under FIVE HEADINGS:
 
I. THE QUESTION OF INIQUITY 2:5-6, 8.
 
A. Iniquity is not found in God 2:5.
B. Ingratitude was found on the part of Israel 2:6.
 
1. The ingratitude is seen in their forgetfulness of His mercy.
2. It is seen in their ignoring the present goodness of God. (They were eating the good fruit of the land given by God while they rebelled against Him).
3. It is seen in their turning to false gods.
4. It is seen in the character of their false gods.
5. It is seen in the mistreatment of God’s blessing and gifts.
C. Ignorance on the part of the priest’s verse 8.
 
II. THE QUESTION OF IDOLITRY VERSES 11, 13.
 
A. Israel changed her glory verse 11.
B. They committed two evils verse 13.
1. Forsook the fountain of living waters.
2. Hewed them out of cisterns that hold no water.
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FIVE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!”

Read Jeremiah 2:1-8,
If you have the time, read entire chapter.
Introduction by Warren Wiersbe: “The name Jeremiah means “whom Jehovah appoints.” Apart from this appointment by God Jeremiah could not have continued to minister faithfully. He was of the priestly line and lived in the priest’s city of Anathoth. Apparently he had some personal wealth because he was able to purchase real estate and even hire a scribe. He was called to the ministry when he was a child according to 1:4-6. Probably in his late teens.
Think of being given the opportunity to go on a shopping spree. Would you look for empty boxes or spoiled items? Well that is exactly what Israel did; they exchanged God’s Glory for worthless empty gods of their own making.
Therefore God uses Jeremiah to give a ‘threefold’ message:
1. He reminds Israel of past blessing and deliverances
    verses 1-7.
2. He rebukes them for forsaking Him verse 13.
3. He accuses them of turning to false God’s verses 10-12;
    26-28.
There are twenty-one questions in this chapter and all of them are important. These questions remind us of the questions that will be asked of unbelievers at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
TOMORROW WE WILL LOOK AT THESE FIVE QUESTIONS!

“FIVE DANGEROUS D’S” CONCLUSION!

Read 1 Kings 19:1-8.
 
Yesterday we covered, DISCOURAGEMENT, DISTRACTED and DISSALUSIAMENT, today:
 
DISTRUST. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Once we get discouraged and distracted and disillusioned, distrust will always follow. Why not just believe and trust in God? Don’t be hard on yourself or on others. Simply depend on God. Otherwise, we may end up in:
 
DESPAIR. Don’t let despair stop you from allowing God to work His will in your life. There will be dark days, and it will seem like there is no hope, nobody cares, nothing good ever happens to you, and self-pity begins to rule your life. Look to
 
Romans 8:28. When these 5 D’s come, don’t stop, don’t quit, don’t get sidetracked, stay on the main job, on course, with your cause, and eventually, it will pay off. God said to Joshua, “My servant Moses is dead.” In other words, he instructed Joshua to arise and get busy. This is not a bad idea for each of us – to get busy and stay busy about serving God and allow Him to be: Our Conqueror!
 
God bless! And hope this has been a help to you.

“FIVE DANGEROUS D’s”

Please read 1 Kings 19:1-8

 As we study the life of Elijah, especially in chapter 18, we see a man of greatfaith, great power, and great courage, and yet, as we read chapter 19, wefind that Elijah was just like everybody else. Though he was a man of greatfaith and courage, he was also human. He was a man. He had weaknesses, just as you and I have weaknesses, and he had strengths, as we have strengths. So, it is important to realize that it is not necessarily thegreatness of a man or woman that determines the outcome, but it is his or her faith.

Elijah took several steps downward that we see so often in Christianity today. First, Elijah faced:

  1. Discouragement.  As it does so often, defeat followed a great victory – see chapter 19. The day will come when you and I will also facemoments of discouragement. The discouragement caused Elijah to be.
  2. Distracted.  There will be distractions.  So often a Christian is distracted,which increases the temptation to become discouraged. The devil will do anything he can to getus sidetrackedfromour main goal – to distractus. The devil does not mind us doing good, as long as we don’t do it in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then comes:
  3. Disillusionment. Elijah truly became disillusioned, not only with himself, but even with God, which led to: 

TOMORROW we will see, “DISTRUST and DISPAIR!”!