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What does Biblical "church growth" look like? It is both bringing people in and building people up through the means of grace. In this message, Brice Williams asks three important questions: 1)What Hinders Growth?, 2)What Causes Growth?, and 3)What Kind of Growth does gospel ministry produce?
Sermon delivered by Reverend Terri Rae Chattin, District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church - Baltimore-Washington Conference as Asbury UMC-Shepherdstown and Mt. Zion UMC - Charles Town coming together as one congregation. Other biblical references include John 17:20-23. If you have division, you will destroy everything that you love. The church started for two reasons: 1) for supportive fellowship with one another so that no one stands alone, and 2) to have enough courage, strength, and resources for God's people to do God's work; moving forward, together.
Ephesians 2:11-22 William Faulkner once wrote, "Memory knows before knowing remembers." In other words, there are some experiences in our lives that have such a profound effect on us that, perhaps even without our conscious awareness, they cause us to feel and react a certain way. How incredible would it be if we could burn the gospel into our minds in such a way that the memory of what God has done for us in Christ consistently shapes our thoughts and actions?
At the center of the gospel and the Christian's growth is grace. It's how we are saved, how we grow and how we relate to the world around us. But grace is also elusive, can be hard to receive and hard to give. Far too often we instead resort to rules, demands and unspoken expectations for ourselves and one another. We end up not extending grace or receiving grace very well, because many of us think we don't need grace (we think we are pretty awesome already), while others don't think we deserve grace. In this sermon we look at Ephesians 2, how we are saved by grace and how we grow in grace.
How did the early Christians treat each other.
The Bible itself reveals 5 doctrines that are essential to the Christian faith: 1) the Deity of Christ, 2) Salvation by Grace, 3) Resurrection of Christ, 4) the gospel, and 5) monotheism. These are the doctrines the Bible says are necessary. Though there are many other important doctrines, these five are the ones that are declared by Scripture to be essential. A non-regenerate person (i.e., Mormon or Jehovah's Witness, atheist, Muslim), will deny one or more of these essential doctrines.
Dorr Grranger reports on New Tribes work in Mexico and the relevance of John 17:20-23.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul speaks to us about unity in the body of Christ. Paul urges us to remember that there is one body and one spirit. There is one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.