by J. Gerald Harris

Building a Great Church
Gerald Harris
Hebrews 12:1-2

I want to use this text from Hebrews 12 as a launching pad for my message Building A Great Church. In this text the writer is describing the challenge which is set before a runner in the Olympic Games. Of one thing we may be sure; every runner has a goal, a target for which he is aiming. He has prepared himself through arduous training and stringent discipline to attain that particular goal, that particular target.

I want to speak to you first of all, this morning about:

I. The Target

This day I want to set before you a target, a goal which I believe is worth your consideration. Let our target be that of building a great church.

As one whom God has called into the pastoral ministry, it is the deep desire of my heart to be used by God in the building of a great New Testament church Truly, First Baptist is a great church already but for this church I have visions of greatness that are unparalleled in her rich and glorious history. I am sure that this church is regarded by many as one of the great, strategic churches in the Baptist Convention of South Carolina.

However, we are merely upon the brink of true greatness. I envision this church as being a leader in evangelism. I envision this church as being a leader in outreach. I envision this church as being a leader in influence. I envision this church as being a leader in its various and diverse ministries. I envision this as being one of the fastest growing churches in the state. I envision this church becoming a more powerful and more dynamic church daily. I envision this fellowship becoming a Spirit-conscious, Spirit-filled, Spirit-motivated fellowship. I envision all of this, and pray for all of this, and hope for all of this. Not for the glory of the pastor, nor for the glory of the curch, nor for the glory of the community, but for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, ''Who loved the church and gave Himself for it.''

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