Dying churches use their resources for their own comfort, rather than to serve others.
When protecting insiders is more important than welcoming outsiders, death is inevitable.
Dying congregations look backward instead of forward.
A new series on the book “Autopsy of a Deceased Church”
What would it look like to be a people who welcome the gifts God sends us?
Is worship about our personal enrichment? Or is it about being formed into God’s people?
Who has believed what we have heard?And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. – Isaiah 53:1-5 Seven Bridges was a miracle baby. His mother, Tami Charles, had been told over and over that she would not be able to have biological children, and she was overjoyed when he was born. …
Living in the Kingdom requires us to slow down so that everyone can keep up.
In order to remain healthy and faithful, we must nurture all spiritual gifts, not just the ones that make us comfortable.
What would it look like to lift up God’s Word in our heart rather than fossilizing it in our laws?