12 Marks of a Great Church
Pastor Frank Damazio
Levels of Grace:
• Personal - Our gifting, our Divine deposit
• Family - Grace medicine, architecture, business, athletics, missionaries, pastors
• Local Church - Grace for worship, evangelism, the poor, the city, teaching, youth
• Movement of Churches - Grace for prayer, evangelism, finance, music, political; many denominations have a specific grace, they develop and pass on.
• Birth Marks - Visual Mark; how the church was started, any struggles, challenges
• Unusual Marks - Unusual miracles puts a mark on a church, unusual provisions
• Trademark - A distinguishing characteristic or feature firmly associated with a person or a group
• Logo - An identifying statement; logo usually matches the grace mark and vision
• Brand Name - Having a reputation and a loyal following
• DNA - In biological terms, the human race includes everyone. However, within this race of mankind there are families of people who have a common genetic history and thus a certain biological compatibility. They share a common thread (DNA) in their biological makeup that has a great deal to do with how they will actually express themselves. Every family has a "family resemblance."
INTRODUCTION: A church with great grace upon it is a blessed church in every way. Grace is far too big to be limited to one person. It operates best on the corporate level, touching groups of believers all at once. Corporate grace is something God places with a congregation, empowering them to serve God together in a special way. God's grace is vast and multidimensional. Our church has its own unique grace, unique personality, unique culture and unique destiny. The way we are and the way we do things around here is special.
I. A "PRAYER-INTERCESSION" GRACE MARK
Isaiah 56:7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for ...
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