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Let the Church Be the Church (1 of 7)
Series: Our Savior, Our Church, Our Future
Ernest L. Easley
Now join me tonight in Colossians chapter 1. We are beginning a new series of messages tonight that I believe will not only set our course throughout 2003, but for the years to come.
And my, how we need a course set! And not only us, but every New Testament church! But here's the tragedy: most churches don't know where they are going! Most churches across America are like sailboats without a rudder, they are just drifting aimlessly along with no direction and no purpose.
Without a rudder for growth, without direction for growth, without priorities for growth, without a plan for growth, churches stagnate!
Among our Southern Baptist family, 70% of our churches are either plateaued or in decline. To be more exact, 49.5% of our churches are plateaued and 20.2% are in decline.
And once a church plateaued, it has to make a decision: business as usual which will mean decline OR strategic planning which involves making plans and setting goals which will help bring about a healthy and growing church!
From what I read today, if the average church was checked into the hospital, the doctors would put it on life support!
The greatest need today is for the church to be the church! We need to learn how to be a first century church in a twenty-first century world! And that is what we're going to be learning on these Sunday nights together under the heading:
Our Savior, Our Church, Our Future!
As Savior, He is the builder! Matthew 16.18, 'And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.''
Jesus didn't say, ''You will build My church.'' He didn't say, ''I will build Your church.'' Nor did He say, ''You will build Your church.'' But rather, He said, ''I will build My church.''
As Savior, He is the builder!
As Church, We are the body! Ephesian ...
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