SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

A CHURCH GROWTH STRATEGY (16 OF 17)

by Robert Dawson


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A Church Growth Strategy (16 of 17)
Series: Colossians
Robert Dawson
Colossians 4:2-6


Church growth has been a buzz word for quite some time in evangelical and church circles. Everyone wants the church to grow. They especially want their church to grow.

Every time I turn around there is another book, blog, study or conference being promoted to help churches grow. There are endless perspectives on how to grow a church. You have people who are promoters and disciples of one methodology or the other. They tell us if you want your church to grow then you need to be doing this or that.

I am not disparaging the church growth movement. A lot of things they promote and teach and studies they publish are very good, helpful and right. I want to learn from them but those things are only a part and they are right to a point.

Here in Colossians 4.2-6 Paul gives, what I believe to be, a wonderful church growth strategy. I am certain Paul would not have classified it as such but I do know that if God's people here at FBCLP or any other church would be faithful to do these things our churches would grow and so would the people in them.
Colossians 4.2-6 - Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; 4 that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. 5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
I think most of us here would be quick to agree that growth, truth growth, for churches and believers comes from God. So if true growth comes from God then our plans and desire for growth should begin with God and be wholly dependent on God.

After all the teaching about Christ suf ...

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