What makes a strong church?

Sunday, December 28 2008 @ 05:00 AM CST

Contributed by: Ricky

Radio transcript for December 28, 2008 and January 3, 2009

Ricky Berger preaches on "What makes a strong church?" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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It is important that we as Christians do all that we can to make the church strong. A strong church can be a sign of strong Christians, and a weak church can be a sign of weak Christians. The Bible gives us some ways in which we can measure the strength of a congregation, but first we will consider two incorrect assumptions.

Many people think that numbers are what measure the strength of a congregation. Some are under the impression that large congregations must be strong while small ones are weak. This is not the case at all. A congregation can be strong or weak regardless of how many are in the assembly. Too many times, we get caught up in the numbers game and have exactly that in a local church; numbers rather than Christians. Remember Gideon? He started out with thirty-two thousand men, only to reduce that number to three hundred before going into battle (Judges 7:1-7). Numbers do not always equal strength. Another misleading thought is the position a congregation's members hold in a community. Some are under the persuasion that if we have wealthy, popular, or even city officials worshiping with us, then we must be strong. It is true we want members from all walks of life, but having members of prestige does not automatically mean you have a strong church. Remember James' warning about showing partiality (James 2:1-9).

As for what makes a strong church, there is much that can be said, but we will notice only a few points. A strong church is one where Jesus is head (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23). If Jesus is not the head where you go to church, then it is not His church. A strong church is one where God is glorified (Ephesians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 10:31). I believe many people go to church to be glorified. God must be the one who is glorified. Any congregation who does not teach scripture from the pulpit is lacking in what is important (2 Timothy 4:1-2; John 5:39; Acts 20:27). A strong church is one in which the elders lead in the right way. It is going to be very difficult for a congregation to be strong if the eldership does not assume responsibility (1 Timothy 3:1). Paul warned the elders at Ephesus (Acts 20:31), because he knew false teachers would rise up (Acts 20:28-30). Along with an eldership giving proper direction, the members must follow their example (Hebrews 13:7). Members must also work together (1 Corinthians 12:13-27), know each other, and pray for one another (Philippians 1:3-5). Finally, a strong church is one where discipline is administered when needed (2 Thessalonians 3:6). Actions contrary to the commands of God that are not repented of must be handled in the proper biblical way.

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