“THE HEALTHY CHURCH”
INTRO: What’s your experience been regarding the health of the church? What is the current health level of the American church? Should we just give up on the church? Why do people miss church? Why do people leave church?
I. A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
- If Jesus was committed to an imperfect church, shouldn’t we, as His followers, do the same (Luke 4:16)?
- The church is the body (1Cor. 12:27; Col 1:18) and bride (Jn. 3:29; Rev. 21:2, 9) of Jesus!
- Can one be committed to the head but not the body?
- Watch what you say about Christ’s bride!
- What if instead of focusing on what’s wrong with the church, we focus on how to become healthier?
- What if instead of focusing on the problems of the church, we focus on being part of the solution?
- The church is God’s only plan for fulfilling The Great Commission – He has no plan B!
- The church will succeed (Eph. 5:27; Rev. 7:9)!
II. CHURCH PROBLEMS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW!
- Isn’t this true in family life?
- At Jubilee, we’ll give you plenty of opportunities to grow!
- Questions to ask yourself when bothered or offended:
- Why does this cause such a response in me?
- What character trait does this reveal may be lacking?
- What can this situation teach me about love?
- Greatest commandments: Loving God & others (Matt. 22:36-40; 1Jn. 4:7-8, 11-12, 20-21).
- Knowing God and His love empowers us to love others (1Jn. 4:7-8, 11-12, 20-21). They can’t be separated!
III. WHAT SHOULD LOVE LOOK LIKE IN CHURCH (1Cor. 13)?
- Nothing really matters (words, spiritual gifts, sacrifice) without love (vv. 1-3).
- Love’s characteristics (vv. 4-8): Puts up with a lot, humble, nice to others, sees the best in & desires the best for others, grows up (v. 11), and is the greatest (v. 13).