Vestal Mike

Growing churches have elders who are spiritual men of wisdom and vision and who are deeply interested in the souls they are shepherding (1 The. 5:12-13; 1 Tim. 3:1-7).  Growing churches have deacons who believe they must be servants in order to be deacons, and as deacons they rejoice for the privilege that is theirs to serve (1 Tim. 3:8-13).

Growing churches have preaching that exalts Christ and His Word, that proclaims the “whole counsel of God,” and challenges members and non-members in a bold but loving way to draw nearer to God (2 Tim. 4:2-4; Acts 20:27; Eph. 4:15).

Growing churches have an educational program that stimulates members to know more of God’s Word and to better apply its truth (2 Pet. 3:18; Eph. 4:12).

Growing churches regard worship as a privilege rather than a chore. The singing is enthusiastic, the Lord’s Supper is thoughtfully observed, prayers are humbly and lovingly offered, and brethren give generously as they have been prospered. People bring their Bibles and even take notes during lessons because they want to better know God (John 4:24; Psa. 116:12; Eph. 5:19; Jam. 5:16; 1 Cor. 16:1-2).

Growing churches make visitors feel at home. Others can see the unity, warmth, and love that exists among the people of God (John 13:34-35). Growing churches make a diligent effort to teach the lost and restore the fallen. Visitation, Bible studies and cottage meetings are constantly going on (Acts 5:42; Gal. 6:1-2).

Growing churches keep up with their missionaries by writing them letters, sending them good literature and encouraging them in their work (Phi. 4:14-20; 1 Cor. 3:9).

Growing churches respond to goals and challenges because every member is focused on glorifying Christ (Phi. 2:5-11). Growing churches exhibit the mind of Christ—they are humble, serving, and obedient to the Father (Phi. 2:5-11). oes this sound like the congregation of which YOU are a part? LET’S GET GROWING!