Blessing Others Through My Church (Stewardship, Giving) (3 of 4) by Stan Coffey

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Blessing Others Through My Church (Stewardship, Giving) (4 of 4)
Series: Blessed To Be A Blessing
Dr. Stan Coffey
Hebrews 10:25

OUTLINE:

I BLESS OTHERS THROUGH MY CHURH WITH
I. MY UNWAVERING AFFECTION
II. MY UNDYING ALLEGIANCE
III. MY UNCEASING ATTENDANCE

What makes a church great? Is it the buildings? Is it the preaching? Is it the congregation? Is it the size? Some people like big churches, others like a small church. Some like a country church, some a city church.

I've been pastor of both kinds and both small and large churches can be called great churches if they have the right ingredients. How do you tell if your church is a country church?

You might be in a country church if the call to worship is, "Y'all come on in!" If the preacher says "I'd like to ask Bubba to pray for the offering, and five guys stand up. You might be in a country church if the opening day of deer hunting season is recognized as an official church holiday.

You might be in a country church if a member requests to be buried in his pickup truck, because he says, "I ain't ever seen a hole it can't get me out of." You might be in a country church if never in the church's 100 year history has the pastor had to buy meat or vegetables.. You might be in a country church if the church directory doesn't have last names. You might be in a country church if the only time people lock their cars in the parking lot is during the summer so no one will leave them another bag of squash. You might be in a country church if baptism is referred to as branding. You might be in a country church if there is a special fund to raise money for a new septic tank. You might be in a country church if finding and returning lost sheep is not just a parable. You might be in a country church if high notes on the organ set dogs in the parking lot to howling. You might be in a country church when Jesus fed the 5,000 and people ask were the two fish bass or catfish. Well I grew ...


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