State Of The Church, 1998 by Nelson Price

EPHESIANS 1: 22, 23

Jesus Christ referred to the church as "My church."

When He addressed Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus He
said, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

The church is so personally His that He identified it with Himself.

In our space probes we have left various things on the moon and
planets that reveal we have had a representative there. When our
Lord left earth He left His church as a representative of the fact He
was here. That is the reason for the church existing.

Our text refers to the church as "His body." As such it is worthy of
our love.

Let's take a look at our local church and endeavor to determine the
STATE OF THE CHURCH as we begin this new year.


Before noting any attributes one thing needs to be anchored. It is
admirably expressed in God's Word.

"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The
victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is
Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as
head over all" (I Chronicles 29:11).

Let's start with our physical plant. At a time when the street on
which we are located has not kept a contemporary appearance our
physical plant stands as a physically attractive facility provided by
people who love their Lord. The buildings and grounds are
extremely attractive and well kept.

We have ample parking which is an essential for growth.

We have adequate classroom space to facilitate significant growth.

We have parking lot attendants to greet visitors and direct them to
the proper areas.

Sunday School units are staffed by well trained workers.


The membership was challenged this time last year to renovate the
worship facility debt free. We have reason now to rejoice that the
Lord has enabled that to be accomplished. It stands as a testimony
to the people who care about our Lord's church as th ...

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