Reasons our church should grow, Part 2

September 9, 2008 at 12:42 pm | Posted in OTCC, Teaching | 1 Comment

This week, leading up to our big fall series, “Listen,” I’m giving reasons why our church should grow. As you come up with reasons, I’ll post them here, too. Let’s try for “100 reasons our church should grow”. You can read the previous posts here:

Part 1

4. Sarah writes:

I think God wants us to grow as a statement to this community what God can do in difficult times.  With the media attention we get with the airport issue, showing God still at work in our “little” church shows how much God is still involved even in the little things.

5. Church growth stretches believers. Yesterday, I mentioned that God wants us to become mature believers. People can mature in smaller churches, too (though in different ways), but there is some growth that can happen only in a growing church.

As a church grows both numerically and spiritually, the demands and relationships of the church change. People get uncomfortable with the changes and choose to either step up to the new responsibilities (grow up), complain, or leave. Growing churches shake us out of our comfort zones.

How many ways do you think this can happen? What comfort zones might a growing church upset?

6. Church growth honors Christ. The very first mention of “church” in the Bible is Jesus’ prediction, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus said that he would personally construct it. Since the true church is a certain group of people, not a building, “construction” would include both numerical and spiritual growth, such as growing up leaders for the stability and structure of the church.

7. Church growth is God’s plan. According to Colossians 2:19, the church is described as a body (Jesus Christ being the head). When in proper alignment with the head, the church “grows with a growth that is from God.” (See also 1 Corinthians 3:6.)

8. Growth signifies a healthy church. Of course, that means that it has to be in alignment. As Rick Warren put it,

Lack of growth [in children] usually indicates an unhealthy situation, possibly a disease. In the same way, since the church is a living organism, it is natural for it to grow if it is healthy. … It is alive. If a church is not growing, it is dying. (The Purpose-Driven Church, p. 16)

 

That’s all for today. Keep sending in your reasons why our church should grow. Even if it sounds like something that’s already been listed, send it anyway.

And don’t forget to answer the questions in number 5 above.

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  1. A reason for the church to grow is so the many life experiences can be shared to encourage one another and show God’s power. But isn’t it a paradox that the “small group” is the best place to share the experiences?


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