Let the Church BE the Church! by Steve Wagers

Let the Church BE the Church!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10
December 31. 2009
New Years' Eve Celebration
Philippi Missionary Baptist Church

Sermon Outline
1. In Worshipful Celebration!
A) Dynamic in its Format
B) Divine in its Focus
2. In Soulful Participation!
A) Undeniably Changed by the Gospel
B) Unashamedly Charged with the Gospel
3. In Hopeful Anticipation!
A) They Lived like Jesus
B) They Looked for Jesus

A quick look into the Yellow Pages reveals that we are not hurting for churches today. There is just about a church in any type of place, with any type of program, and for any type of person.

Ed Stetzer in his book, "Comeback Churches," lists what he calls the "Dirty Baker's Dozen" of churches that are prominent today. These are 13 types of churches who will not advance the kingdom of God, because they cannot advance the kingdom of God.

INSTITUTIONALIZED CHURCH:
Focuses on and is more committed to the forms and programs of ministry. The good has become the enemy of the best, and activity has choked out productivity.

VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION CHURCH:
A church of the people, by the people, but most importantly FOR the people. It makes sure that it retains as many people as possible and keeps new people in their place. The underlying premise is the "status quo."

UNINTENTIONAL CHURCH:
They have the best of intentions, but they don't act on their intentions. They may even be willing, but they never "do" what the "intended."

US FOUR AND NO MORE CHURCH:
If they get any larger, they will lose their sweet fellowship. Any new members cannot break into the clique. They want a family feel, so they can relate like family.

WE CAN'T COMPETE CHURCH:
Like a family owned store next to a new Wal-Mart, they have given up on making a difference. They have decided that they cannot compete, and they stop trying.

DECENTLY AND IN ORDER CHURCH:
They have a high regard for process, but they lack passion. They ...


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