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It has been my experience that every church is going through a process of revitalization in some form or another. I have never met a pastor who did not want their church to be healthier or to grow. Every church that I have served in tirelessly worked to be more useful for the glory of God.

We pushed because we knew church health and the salvation of souls hung in the balance. We worked hard in revitalization because we knew that churches that revitalize well, in most cases experience biblical growth and churches that do not work at revitalization end up in stagnation and death. Church revitalization must be a constant work of every church leader. But what does it look like to revitalize well?

After leading churches in the work of revitalization and working through countless hours of materials on church revitalization, I have found three things to be imperative for the work of revitalization. Here is the second step.

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Step 2: Seek God’s Word in Revitalization

God’s Word plays a vital role in revitalization. God’s Word has been used in the process of revitalization by many leading their congregations to new health (Ezra 6:18; Neh 8:1-12). The primary way to apply God’s Word in revitalization is first to look to the Word for guidance.

Apply The Word Personally & Corporately

Church leadership should ask, what are we doing that is against God’s word? If there is anything there, they must stop and repent of it. Leadership must then extend this to the congregation. Is there a brother or sister that is living outside of God’s will and is not addressed with the Scriptures? After all, we know “that a little leaven leavens the whole lump” (1Cor 5:6-7). Therefore, we must practice biblical, loving church discipline for the restoration of our brother, the health of the church, and the building of the body (Matt 18:15-20). If a church is going to seek church revitalization, they must be committed to God’s word personally.

Align With The Word In Ministry

The leadership should then ask, what are we doing outside of God’s word? We live in a culture of consumer Christianity, and church leaders are tempted to incorporate anything into their church that may attract new members. But for the church that is in need of revitalization, they must clear out what is non-essential and focus on what the Lord would have them do. There is a great benefit for the church that obeys the Lord. Ministering through an evangelism program will always produce more profit for the kingdom than a coffee bar. Churches will do everything under the sun in the name of ministry, but churches should focus on what the Lord would have them do.

Communicate The Word Passionately

Finally, leadership must ask, are we communicating God’s word? There is nothing like the pure preaching of God’s Word to bring life and vision to the people. Preachers who desire to have healthy churches must preach God’s word to their people. They are not to add to the Scripture their own opinions or logic. They are merely to read the text and share God’s truth from it. The Scripture must drive their sermon.

God’s Word is vital and necessary for both the believer and the church. Will you commit with me to seek the Word of God?

Want to know what Passion in the Christian life looks like? Toon into today’s broadcast for a glimpse into Paul’s passion for the Colossian church.

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Colossians 1:24–29 “Anchored To The Mission”

 

24 Now I rejoice in my SUFFERINGS for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for his body, that is, the church.

 

The Attitude of Ministry

  • Suffering brings Good to the People of God
  • Suffering brings Good to the Person of God – James 1:2–4
  • Suffering Unifies The Person of God to Christ – John 15:18–21

 

25 I have become its SERVANT, according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

The Calling of Ministry

  • The Servant Of God Is Called To Make The Word Of God Known.
  • The Servant Of God Makes The Word Of God Fully Known.
  • The Servant Of God Shares The Mystery Of God.

 

28 We PROCLAIM him, WARNING and TEACHING everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me.

 

The Purpose of Ministry

  • The Christian Proclaims Christ
  • The Christian Warns Everyone
  • The Christian Teaches Everyone

Colossians 1:15-22 “The God Who Is”

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15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

  • He Is The Image of God
  • He is The First Born

16For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him.

  • He is The Creator
  • He is The Reason All Things were created

17He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.

  • He is Before All Things
  • He is The Sustainer of All Things

18He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.

  • He is The Head of the Church
  • He is The Beginning

19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,

  • He is The Dwelling Place of God

20and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

  • He is The Reconciler of All Things

 

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21Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds expressed in your evil actions.

  • You

22But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through his death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him

  • He Has reconciled you

 

How do you know if you’re a Christian or if you are just claiming to be one?

In today’s message on Ephesians 5:1-5, we will discuss 4 marks of a true Christian. Join us as we dive into God’s Word. Continue Reading…