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4 Keys to a Growing Church | Part 2

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4 Keys to a Growing Church

(Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 10:12, Psalm 127:1, Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:47, 1 Corinthians 3:6, 1 Corinthians 3:9,)
  • God’s vision for His church is to grow from faith to faith, from glory to glory, and from strength to strength.
  • God never imagined a stagnant church. He wants to see His church moving forward, increasing, developing, and expanding.
  • I will share 4 things from the Book of Acts that specifically brought increase and expansion to God’s family.
  • God is looking for growth in heart, influence, faith, knowledge, love, grace, and numbers.
  • Numbers are important because they represent people, and God loves people.
  • It’s always a mistake to compare yourself with others. We can be inspired and challenged by another individual or church, but it is not wise to compare because growth is relative.
  • Ultimately God is the one who makes His church grow. Yet we have been called to labor with God in this business of growth. That means if we want to experience growth, we must cooperate. Growth will not just happen. It will not fall on us like ripe fruit from a tree.
Ministry (Scriptures: Acts 6:1–4, Acts 6:7,)
  • Some leaders spend most of their time putting out fires.
  • There are always going to be problems in a growing church. It comes along with the turf. Rather than delegate and let others solve problems, some leaders feel like they have to do it all. So they spend all of their time putting out fires.
  • When that happens, the devil (rather than God) ends up leading the ministry; all the devil has to do is start fires, and the leader runs to put them out.
  • It is so important for leaders in God’s church to spend time feeding on the Word and resting in His presence.
Miracles (Scriptures: Acts 4:29–31, Acts 5:12, Acts 5:14, Acts 8:4–8, Acts 9:32–35, Acts 9:40–42, Romans 10:17, Acts 4:31,)
  • We are God’s hands, feet, and voice in many respects. We need to obey the Great Commission and preach the gospel to every creature, cast out demons, and lay hands on the sick.
  • When the gospel is preached, the miraculous serves as a catalyst to bring many souls to Christ.
  • We need to contend for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for they don’t work by maturity. They work by desire.
  • We need bold, public prayers that God would stretch out His hand to heal and do the supernatural. God has not changed. He will meet us.
  • The Christian life is to be one of continual fillings by the Spirit.
  • Being full of Holy Spirit power comes from prayer. Being full of faith comes from the Word. You get the fire of the Holy Spirit and the dynamite of God’s Word together, and there will be explosions of the supernatural that will cause God’s house to grow.
Mutual Connections (Scriptures: Romans 1:12, Acts 11:22–24, Acts 16:4–5, Proverbs 18:1, Ephesians 4:16, Judges 18:7, Judges 18:27–28,)
  • Both churches and individuals that isolate themselves miss a great source of strength and blessing essential for healthy growth.
  • We need one another. We’ve got to stay connected.
  • When you get isolated, it leads to crazy thinking. We need people that can speak into our lives.
Message (Scriptures: Acts 11:19–21, Acts 10:1–6, Acts 11:13–14,)
  • As a pastor, we have to touch on a whole lot of different areas: family, marriage, discipleship, stewardship, healing, etc. Yet our central message must always be Jesus. Jesus saves; Jesus heals; Jesus baptizes in the Holy Spirit; Jesus is coming again. Every healthy Christian life and church keeps Jesus as the central message.
  • People are saved by hearing the gospel, not by having a genuine reverence for God, living lives filled with good works, praying, or even having undeniable supernatural experiences.
  • God in his infinite wisdom has chosen that through hearing a message preached faith would arise in a person’s heart and bring them into a state of believing whereby they can be saved.
  • We believe the gospel message that God sent his Son to die for sinners, and that Jesus was then raised from the dead. That’s our message.

4 Keys to a Growing Church | Part 2

In this helpful message called 4 Keys to a Growing Church, Bayless Conley reveals what the Bible says are four key elements of a healthy growing church.

You’ll discover why ministry of the Word and miracles are integral to bringing others into God’s Kingdom, and you’ll find out how a mutual connection with others and a clear Gospel message will guard God’s truth among the body of Christ.

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