Building A Caring Church
Faith Deliverance Ministry, which is the church who sponsors this broadcast "Life In The Word of God" is focusing its attention on what it will take for our church to be the kind of church that Christ wants us to be:
A Caring, Committed, Christ Centered Community.
Today I would like to summarize some necessary building blocks to achieve this goal by looking at some practical pointers Paul spoke of in Romans. If we apply and practice these truths individually and corporately, God will be honored, the church will grow -
WE MUST BE SINCERE -
We must present genuinely love. Let it be the real thing.
More people have been brought into the church by the kindness of real Christian love than by all the theological arguments in the world, and more people have been driven from the church by the hardness and ugliness of so-
We Need To Have Real Love -
LET US BE CONSIDERATE -
Put others first -
Some think mean-
Some think rock music is to blame
Some think talk radio is to blame:
And some think their own behavior is uncivil:
Philippians 2:3 "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." In the eternal triangle of Christianity, God is first, others are second, and self is last. Christian maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself. There is a story about a king who organized a great race within his kingdom. All the young men of the kingdom participated. A bag of gold was to be given to the winner, and the finish line was within the courtyard of the king’s palace. The race was run, and the runners were surprised to find in the middle of the road leading to the king’s palace a great pile of rocks and stones. But they managed to scramble over it or to run around it and eventually to come to the courtyard.
Finally, all the runners had crossed the finish line except one. But still the king did not call the race off. After a while one lone runner came through the gate. He lifted a bleeding hand and said, "O King, I am sorry that I am so late. But you see, I found in the road a pile of rocks and stones, and it took me a while, and I wounded myself in removing them." Then he lifted the other hand, and in it was a bag. He said, "But, Great King, I found beneath the pile of rocks this bag of gold." The king said, "my son, you have won the race, for that one runs best who makes the way safer for those who follow." Galatians 6:10 "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
LET’S BE ENERGETIC -
Serve with fervor. Get rid of the lethargy and get some get-
They love with a love that glows.
They believe with a faith that kindles.
They serve with a devotion that consumes.
They hate sin with a fierceness that burns.
They rejoice with a joy that radiates.
Love is perfected in the fire of God.
John 10:10 "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
Are you proving that the Christian life is a joyful, happy life?
Do you look happy that you are a Christian?
Does your life radiate joy and enthusiasm?
Understand that the simplest man, fired with enthusiasm, is more persuasive than the most eloquent man without it.
WE NEED TO BE PRAYERFULLY PATIENT -
Get some camel’s knees -
"God’s greatest agency for winning men to himself is the prayers of other men. Very few ever practice the positive, practical power of prayer. It is the mightiest force in the universe, and sadly to say a lot of the Christian world is blind to this fact." I Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray without ceasing."
BE WARM -
Show true hospitality -
"People go to the church that is dearest to them and not the church that is nearest to them."
Proverbs 18:24 "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly..."
Hebrews 13:2 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
LET’S BE DIFFERENT -
Turn the other cheek
Matthew 5:39 "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Many churches are in serious trouble today. There is virtually no difference between the average church member and the person who is not a Christian. God meant for the Christian to be different, to live a different kind of life, and to be on a different moral level from those who are not Christians. And yet, there is practically no difference in lifestyle. I Peter 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:"
Abraham Lincoln was once being criticized for his attitude towards his opponents. "Why do you try to make friends with them?" a colleague asked. "You should try to destroy them." Am I not destroying my enemies," the President asked gently, "when I make them my friends?"
WE NEED TO BE UNDERSTANDING -
Be there and share
Galatians 6:2 "Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Abraham Lincoln once said "I am sorry for the man who can’t feel the whip when it is laid on the other man’s back." More people fail for lack of encouragement than for any other reason.
Discouraged people don’t need critics.
They hurt enough already.
They don’t need more guilt or piled-
They need encouragement.
They need a refuge.
They need a willing, caring, available someone.
A Jewish Proverb states:
"Among those who stand, do not sit; Among those who sit, do not stand; Among those who laugh, do not weep; Among those who weep, do not laugh."
LET’S BE ONE -
Be a team player.
"Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-
All for one, one for all!
One Mind -
Psalms 133:1 "A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Some missionaries in the Philippines set up a croquet game in their front yard. Several of their neighbors became interested and wanted to join the fun. The missionaries explained the game and started them out, each with a mallet and ball. As the game progressed, opportunity came for one of the players to take advantage of another by knocking that person’s ball out of the court. A missionary explained the procedure, but his advice only puzzled the friend. "Why would I want to knock his ball out of the court?" he asked. "So you will be the one to win!" a missionary said. The short-
As the final player moved toward the last wicket, the affair was still very much a team effort. And finally, when the last wicket was played, the "team" shouted happily, "We won! We won!" That is how the church, the body of Christ, should be.
We’re a team.
We all win together.
In My Conclusion For Today:
You must decide whether to be or not:
TO BE SINCERE
TO BE CONSIDERATE
TO BE ENERGETIC
TO BE PRAYERFULLY PATIENT
TO BE WARM
TO BE DIFFERENT
TO BE UNDERSTANDING
TO BE ONE.
WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE TO BE?