Speaking of the Word

Speaking of the Word

What is the secret to a successful church?
Many books have been written and sold (mass marketed) on this subject but I only know of one book that actually can answer this question.
The Bible.

The Bible is the book and the answer to the question.
The success of the Church of Jesus Christ is not based on man’s view, the world’s view, polls, or the numbers of people in the pews.
The success of the Church is based on and determined by God’s standards not man.
God standard of a healthy successful church is often quite different than mans standard.

A successful church is filled with people who are shaped by scripture not culture.
A successful church is spiritually minded not worldly-minded.
A successful church exalts Christ not self.
A successful church trusts the scripture to transform lives not secular psychology.
A successful church loves to share the gospel message with the lost not just our friendship.
A successful church loves to worship God corporately not lean on man-centered programs.
A successful church is being conformed to the Christ not the world.
A successful church comes together on Sunday for God’s glory not for christian entertainment.
A successful church is committed to preaching biblical doctrine not pleasing men’s ears with trivial stories.

What is a successful church…well to be quite simple it is a Biblical church.

Acts 2:42-47 (ESV)
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

“Only the Word feeds the church and causes it to grow; only the Word protects the church from its archenemy, the false teacher; only the Word leads the church to higher and better ground.”

“The hearts of true believers crave a fellowship which will last – a fellowship in the Spirit with each other, because of common fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
R.C. Chapman


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