"HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD A GREAT CHURCH?"
INTRODUCTION: How much does it cost? That is the question for everything-In a store,
a restaurant, a school, a clothes, and a church.
1. TO BUILD A GREAT CHURCH IT WILL COST EACH OF YOU YOUR LIVES.(24)
Exp: How do you follow Jesus?
Deny yourself-surrender to God your will and affection-no longer intereseted in
personal happiness, but laying your life down to God.
Take up your cross-symbol of death-burdensome, disgraceful,
Death to self-no longer your desires.
Follow Jesus-come after me.
Ill: Dr. John D. Hatch-Fbc Lakewood, Tacoma, Washington.
Last 5 years baptized 800 people-Averaged 700 in S.S.
Why? He averaged over 100 in visitation every week.
App: Your desires will have to be surrendered to Christ.
Your schedlues must be adjusted.
Your affections should be on things of God, rather than on things of world.
**YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT IS GOING TO BE PRIORITY IN YOUR LIFE!**
2. TO BUILD A GREAT CHURCH IT WILL COST AND CHALLENGE EACH OF YOU TO RE-EVALUATE YOUR
VALUES IN LIFE.(25-26)
Exp: What is important to each of us in our lives?
*If we lose our temporal life, we will gain eternal life.
If we do not lose our temporal life we will gain hell.
What will you profit if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?
What will we give in exchange for our own soul?
App: What is really important to you?
He is saying earthly investments are worthless, buecause they pass away!
**He challenges them to invest in heavenly things.
***If man dies does he really go to hell? Do we believe that? When we do we will
re-evaluate and readjust your values in life!
Ill: Do you know what it will cost to build a great church?
FBC-Houston-paying the price-double their tithe for two years in a row.
App: We have not even begun to pay the price!
We should give until it feels good-it will hurt before it feels good.
*10% all of our life-Begin giving more ...
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