How concerned are you for Church growth?
Church growth pleases God.
God is pleased by growth in numbers, as people become part of the family.
God is pleased with growth in diversity, as people are drawn in from all different nations and language groups, as well as different walks of life.
God is pleased with financial growth, as all Christians are called to generosity and sacrifice to their local church.
And God longs for us to grow in maturity, which holds everything together.
Maturing Christians ‘play nicely.’
As the children go out to play the Pre-Primary teacher says to them: “Now play nicely.”
In Ephesians 4, Paul says to the Christians in the church at Ephesus: “Play nicely.”
‘Be humble, gentle and patient with each other, bear with one another in love, be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (verses 2-3)
This is KEY to church growth.
However, in order for us to play nicely, we need to be listening to the word of God; to regular bible teaching. That is why the church today has been gifted with evangelists, pastors & teachers who are to prepare us for works of service.
So as we sit under Gods’ word, we mature, which means we give ourselves to service in the new church, which means we will ‘play nicely.’
More about this on Sunday.