‘Can’t fail’ strategy for church growth

Posted: July 30, 2006 in Theo/Philo


For those with a keen eye, there’s an undercurrent seeping through my post’s-that of a Christian worldview. Like any blog (and arguably one of the attractions of blogging for many) there is selectivity on what is and isn’t said in a post, anonymous and opinionated!

Of course Words have a limited power, they are limited in that they can be used to both deceive and hide the truth,as well as enlighten and bring understanding. If we exclusively depend on them too much; we fool ourselves and become impotent.

Does that mean words cannot be used to dispense truth,to know what is real ?On there own they can go only so far.In terms of Science we look for a evidence to infere. In Christianity, what made me more open minded was a combination of ideas and looking at the life styles of Christians plus Gods gentle leading.

The Bible records Jesus as saying: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”Schaeffer in his book ‘The church at the end of the 20th Century’ comments on this passage that Jesus gives the on looking non-Christian world the right to judge Christianity based on the love that is witnessed between Christians.Words are not enough.

In John 17:21 …that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me’.It’s as if Jesus looks at the non Christian world and gives them the right to specifically judge if Jesus was sent from God, based on the love that is observable between Christians.

What do people want from Church? What is its biggest selling point? It can’t be its size, some small churches are the longest living –they demonstrate a sense of community and love that goes beyond age and gender and race. This is why I find youth orientated churches or churches based on colour or race missing the point .Jesus expects us to love beyond the boundaries of our peers.Of course no ones perfect and God does not expect us to be anything but real, he does expect us to look to him minute by minute for help in loving each other.Real church is costly !

  1. isaiah says:

    can u assist me with strategy for church growth.
    thanks and God bless

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