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Great Church Members Are Caring Church Members (4 of 10)
Series: Great Church Members Make Great Churches
I Timothy 3:15; Jude 1:22
1. DEFINING COMPASSION
a) Moved Inwardly
b) Motivated Outwardly
2. DISPLAYING COMPASSION
a) Through Our Weeping
b) Through Our Work
3. DEVELOPING COMPASSION
1. A recent article by USA Today (April 2007), citing a survey by LifeWay Research, stated that Protestant Churches are losing young adults in sobering numbers. According to the survey, 7 in 10 Protestants ages 18-30 – both evangelical and mainline – who went to Church regularly in High School sad they quit attending by age 23. As well, 34% of those said they had not returned, even sporadically, by age 30. If these facts are correct, about 1 in 4 Protestants in this age group have left Church.
2. How do we explain this alarming trend? I agree with Ed Stetzer, director of the Nashville based LifeWay Research, which is affiliated with the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, "Too many youth groups are holding tanks with pizza. There's no life transformation taking place. People are looking for a faith that can change them and to be a part of the changing the world."
3. It is always a tragedy when the Church ceases to become a place where lives are transformed. The Church is to be a place, as we saw in the very beginning of this series, where God's presence is dwelling and His power is demonstrated. The Church is not a playhouse or a clubhouse. It is God's House! As Paul said to Timothy, the Church is the House of God and the Church of the living God (cp. 1 Tim 3:15). When God's presence is real and His power is revealed the Church will be a place where lives are transformed.
4. The question that is before us is how can we have such a Church – a life transforming Church? The answer is in you and me who are the members of the Church. Great members make great Churches. Understa ...
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