Church Growth- Lecture 3

  1. Recognize the four hallmarks of the historic Church. (Sect. 12)
    • 1. Unified ("one")
    • 2. Distinctly the Lord's ("holy")
    • 3. Inclusive ("catholic")
    • 4. Gospel-centered ("apostolic")
  2. Match the biblical models for being and growing God’s people (Old Testament tabernacle/temple) with their aspects. (Sect. 13)
    • Meeting Place/House for- God
    • Symbol of- God's national presence
    • Emphasis on- God's holiness
    • Experience of- Spiritual distance
    • Function/Centered on- Sacrifice
    • Orientated toward- Preparation (to be God's people, to follow and have relationship with him)
    • Led and Served by- Hierarchy of priesthood
    • Churches that use the model- Formal, liturgical churches, or evangelical, Pentecostal or charistmatic churches elevate their leaders
  3. Match the biblical models for being and growing God’s people (post-exilic synagogue) with their aspects. (Sect. 13)
    • Meeting Place/House for- Believers
    • Symbol of- God's local presence
    • Emphasis on- God's law
    • Experience of- Spiritual discipline
    • Function/Centered on- Sabbath observance
    • Orientated toward- Preservation (life boat)
    • Led and Served by- Rabbi/teacher
    • Churches that use the model- Many fundamentalist and evangelical churches today
  4. Match the biblical models for being and growing God’s people (the New Testament church) with their aspects. (Sect. 13)
    • Meeting Place/House for- God, believers, and searching hearts
    • Symbol of- God's personal presence
    • Emphasis on- God's grace
    • Experience of- Spiritual discovery
    • Function/Centered on- Salvation
    • Orientated toward- Proclamation (of salvation to all who will listen
    • Led and Served by- Team of ministries (a body, a community)
    • Churches that use the model- The ideal model for the church today
  5. Recognize the components of Jesus’ model and heart for ministry (which is the NT model for the church).
    (Sect. 15)
    • 1. Passtion and compassion of Jesus:
    • Jesus had passionate priority for the lost, the sick, and the sinner.

    • 2. The process of Jesus:
    • Following Jesus' process takes energetic commitment: Proclamation, demonstation, explanation, invitation, and sacrifice.

    3. The patience of Jesus: he was and is incredibly patient with broken and sinful people. We need such patience for others.

    4. The perseverance of Jesus: it's safer and easier to be the lifeboat for ourselves. The church that is really the church perseveres in seeking the lost.
  6. Recognize the spiritual principles that form the foundation of a growing church. (Sect. 16)
    • 1. The primary need of every person is to reconnect with God.
    • 2. Jesus is God's outstretched hand to humanity to reconnect wth us in a right way.
    • 3. The message of the gospel is the key to people taking hold of God's outstretched hand.
    • 4. The church is the people, place, and plan of God searching for people to hear the message of Jeus and meet the ministry of Jesus.
    • 5. The church's primary mission is to be the appealing flavor of God and the illuminated path of Jesus in a perishing world.
    • 6. The historic failure of the church has always had to do with a confused or abandoned sense of purpose.
    • 7. It is not possible to love God without turning outward to love those with whome we have the opportunity and access.
    • 8. Living to love others is the most redemptive, difficult and risky way to live.
  7. Recognize the cultural principles that inform how we pursue outward growth. (Sect. 17)
    • 1. People are in an extended process of deciding what they believe.
    • 2. If the local church is to be part of that proces, we must earn a place in the discussion and invite people on our journey.
    • 3. We are now entering a post-Christian, post-modern era that demands outreach-oriented churches.
    • 4. The church can either be a pleasant surprise or a painful stumbling block on people's ourney back to God.
    • 5. A sense of belonging precedes believing for most in our culture.
  8. Recognize the sacrificial choices of becoming an outwardly-growing church. (Sect. 19)
    • 1. Choosing to live with limitations
    • 2. Embracing an over-the-top emphasis on evangelism
    • 3. Continualy investing for others
    • 4. Resisting the inward inertia
    • 5. Welcoming growth and change
    • 6. Pursuing excellence
    • 7. Accepting the challenge of the future
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Church Growth- Lecture 3
Church Growth- Lecture 3, VLI, Winter 2012, JBI