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Ingredients of a Strong Church (4 of 9)
Series: Growing a Healthy Church
Tonight, we continue our series in Titus entitled Growing A Healthy Church. I, for one, am thankful that as we seek to follow the Lord and obey His Word, He has promised to grow His church.
But we must be mindful that while we don’t build the church, there are things that we can do that hinder development. And so, as your pastor let me tell you my philosophy. I just don’t want to do anything to get in the way of what God wants to do.
All that God has done at Second through the years - all of that is a work of God - no man deserves the credit.
But, I do believe that there are things that we do or don’t do that will hinder the work of God in our lives and in our church. I don’t want to ''quench the Spirit'' as God seeks to work in our church.
So tonight, we come to Titus 2:1-10; Ingredients of a Strong Church. While we don’t make the church grow, the Bible tells us that there are some things that must exist for the church to be strong and healthy.
*What do you think of when you hear the word ''ingredients''? I don’t know what you think about, but I think about my momma’s pound cake. Oh my goodness…momma’s pound cake. I’m going to have a room full of it when I get to Heaven. When we were on our family vacation in July with my entire family, I helped momma make a pound cake. I learned how to make it…and she sent me the ingredients. I have asked my wife to go buy those ingredients at the store but they haven’t showed up at the house yet. Maybe she’s trying to tell me something!*
What are the ingredients of a strong church? Well, let me say this. There isn’t one specific recipe out there because churches come in all different flavors; some are devil’s food cake, others are angel food cake, and some are just fruitcakes. But, there are some fundamental things that must be present in any church.
And this is what Paul gets to here in this passage R ...
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