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"How to Kill a Church without Trying"

by Pastor Bill Roberts,

Wittmann Baptist Church, Wittmann, AZ

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Text: Ephesians 3:20-21 Revelation 3:1-3

Introduction:

Paul is telling us that through the church God is to get glory. Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages. The church was instituted by Christ to further the Gospel story and to give all glory to God the Father.

But many churches find themselves in the predicament of not growing as the Lord would have them to do. When this happens many reasons are given and blame is placed on this person and on that person, usually without foundations.

Today I would like to preach on the Subject:

HOW TO KILL A CHURCH WITHOUT TRYING.

By doing nothing at all a church can commit suicide and kill itself. How can this be?

I. BY BEING DELINQUENT IN ATTENDANCE TO ITS SERVICES

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Psa. 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

II. YOU CAN KILL A CHURCH BY INDIFFERENCE TO ITS PROGRAM

The Program of the church is to win souls and start missions. EVANGELISM & MISSIONS

Win them and then train them to win others and to grow in the Lord. Sunday School, Children's church, Choir, Visitation are all part of the program of the church.

It takes everyone's cooperation. God did not save anyone to sit, we are saved to serve no matter what our age or how long we may have served in the past.

The Christian Life is the only one I know where you don't get a vacation. Why? Because the enemy never takes a vacation.

He walking around as a roaring lion seeking whom He may devour.

III. BY BEING INSENSITIVE TO ITS NEEDS

If it is good enough for us it is good enough for God. If it is not good enough for us what makes us think God wants our junk or something that we no longer want ourselves.

I Cor. 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

IV. BY BEING INDIGNANT TOWARD CHURCH MEMBERS

Mark 11-25-26 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Matt. 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and [ forgive him? Til 7 times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until 7 times: but, Until 70 times 7.

Our aim ought to be the upbuilding of the body of Christ.

V. BY NOT BEING IDENTIFIED WITH ITS FELLOWSHIP

Spiritually we are added to the Body of Christ at salvation, but to become a member of a local assembly of baptized believers requires that you request membership.

Most churches that I know of when they baptize an individual the have counseled with that person and told them that not only does baptism fulfill the command of Christ but also places us in the local body.

If you go to church and are not a member of it what is wrong ? Are you ashamed of it? If you are you ought to go somewhere else where you can be proud of the church you attend.

If your home church is out of state but you are living here, I believe that you ought to serve and belong where you live.

CONCLUSION:

Yes by simply doing nothing and expecting someone else to do all the work, allowing attitudes to stagnate, relationships to dwindle, not supporting her, the church will surely die.

Thank God she won't lay down and die she will have to be killed.

But by passively going our own way we are actively killing the church.

The Church the body of Christ will never die but the local parts of that body can die, I have seen it happen, the people give up or are too stubborn to change, or whatever.

What is going to happen to us at Grace? Are we going to let her die for lack of support and uplifting?

Jesus expects us to each do our part for Him.

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