In our precious postings we showed the dangers of a small faith community. Not only are there the frustrations when no growth seems to come unto them and when they see how some denominations may get mega churches, whilst they have to do with just a few people, often not enough to bear the costs of the working of the ecclesia. But we also may not forget the danger of seclusion and/or separation.
Having a small mindset may also take the fertile soil away and overshadow the growing chances.
Instead of focussing on the big or mega churches we should focus on the works of Christ and his heavenly Father, the Only One God. To this God we should regularly pray in unity for spiritual fruit to remain in our lives from the preached Word because by attending to His Word, our Lord…
- Enlightens, convinces, and humbles sinners.
- Drives us out of ourselves, and draws us to Himself.
- Conforms us to His image,
- Builds us up in His grace,
- Strengthens us against temptations and corruptions,
- And establishes our hearts in holiness and encouragement.
80% of the churches in Pastor Kemp his denomination are small churches
majority of all churches in America are small
“Small” is relative
real danger with being small = to have a small mindset
Mother Teresa was small > not small in her mind and in her faith
John the Baptist + Jesus were small > no budget, no wardrobe, and no connections at headquarters, but had message and passion + crowds were flocking to them in the wilderness, small villages, countryside or cities
give your people good food (the Bible taught/preached clearly),
Keep them busy working on the Great Commission – starting in their own homes
love them like they are God’s gift to you,
believe you can have every reason to expect your people and ministry to grow
let God define your size + God is in it => little = much
- How should we react against the world
- Whom can we trust to govern us?
- A call easy to understand
- When discouraged facing opposition
- The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
- Looking forward to God’s faithfulness
- Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
- Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
- Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
- Priority to form a loving brotherhood
- Keeping an ecclesia in modern times
- The Great Omission (christianity201.wordpress.com)
- The Church Lady vs. The American Church: Which is more ridiculous? (firebreathingchristian.com)
- Thoughts on Fear (richthroughgrace.wordpress.com)
- RELIGION: Christianity 2.0, Prosperity Propaganda in Pews & Pulpits – The Foolishness of Men and the Distortion of the Bible (newsrescue.com)
- Why Right-Wing Christian Leaders Are Often Indifferent to Needless Suffering (alternet.org)
- Let Love Lead You (billtonnismusic.wordpress.com)
- this is how they get you (busblog.tonypierce.com)
- Refiner’s Fire (christmyoasis.wordpress.com)
- Mark 4:31 (NKJV) It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth;
Recently I attended a pastor’s conference where I was informed that 80% of the churches in my denomination were small churches and that the majority of all churches in America are small.
I’m not convinced. I suspect this may be a case of making statistics mean anything you want them to mean.
“Small” is relative.
For example my four-year old grandson is small compared to all human beings in the world but the final verdict concerning my grandson’s “smallness” has not been determined—give him a few more years.
Environment matters also.
For example, put a gold-fish in an aquarium and it soon it will be the largest fish in the tank but take that…
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