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The Healthy Church – Part 5 (Conclusion)

“THE HEALTHY CHURCH – PART 5 (Conclusion)”

INTRO: God wants His church to be healthy, which requires:

  1. Connected Over Disconnected (1Cor. 12:12-26).
  2. Serving Over Being Served (Matt. 20:28).
  3. Deferring Over Demanding (Rom. 12:10; Matt. 16:24-27).
  4. Encouraging Over Complaining (Eph. 4:29; Phil. 2:14).
  5. COMMITTED OVER CASUAL (John 2:17). Jesus had a zeal for God’s house. Do you? Does casual commitment work in a family? Sports team?

Four Characteristics of Committed Over Casual:

  1. MAKE CORPORATE WORSHIP A HIGH PRIORITY.
    1. Jesus did because He loved the church (Lk. 4:16; Eph. 5:25-27).
    2. Heb. 10-24-25’s exhortation to prioritize corporate worship.
    3. It’s about honoring God, nurturing yourself & family (Josh 24:15), and encouraging others. *What priority are you giving to corporate worship *What do you allow to keep you from corporate worship?
  2. PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH AND ITS LEADERS (1Tim. 2:1-4).
    1. To what degree do you?
    2. How effective will a church be without praying members?
  3. EXPECT THE CHURCH TO HAVE IMPERFECTIONS & EXTEND LOTS OF GRACE (Prov. 27:17; Matt. 7:1-5).
    1. See church problems as opportunities to grow!
    2. Relationships hone our rough edges (Prov. 27:17)!
    3. We should be willing to own our own deficiencies and put them in their proper perspective (Matt. 7:1-5).
    4. Don’t allow hurts or disillusionment to drive you away or you will be doing exactly what Satan wants!
    5. Jesus’ response to offenses (Rom. 5:8; Luke 23:34).
  4. SUPPORT THE CHURCH FINANCIALLY WITH A TITHE OF YOUR INCOME (Mal. 3:10-12).
    1. This is God’s plan for financing His church.
    2. This is God’s plan for blessing you!
    3. Are you doing your part?

CONCLUSION: What is God saying to you in this message? What will you do about it? Let’s be a healthy church!