Every page rivets me to the promises in the word, the encouragement to "git er done", but nothing lately has stopped me in my tracks more than reading about dead churches. I guess because I am so blessed to be part of GREAT church, a living church, a thriving church I didn't realize that there was such a thing as a dead church.
So here are some of the ways to notice if you are in a dead church, in true Jeff Foxworthy fashion!
If you feel worse rather than better after church? You might be in a dead church!
If the same people who sang twenty years ago are still the only ones singing from the platform.You might be in a dead church!
Does your church have reserved seating and guests are only welcome if they don't sit in your seat?You might be in a dead church!
IS the most exciting conversation on a sunday morning the color choices for sanctuary renovation? You might be in a dead church!
Does your church attendance and participation never get into the sermon, but other churches does? You might be in a dead church!
Do you go to church to hear all the "what you can't do" and nothing about what Jesus has done? You might be in a dead church!
If there is any movement or does everything stay the same, week after week, month after month, year after year? You might be in a dead church!
Well that is paraphrased (Sorry Joyce, you got me all fired up, but people have got to read this book) People go to church looking for God, help and comfort, peace, liberty and freedom, they are not there to get loaded down with guilt, rules and condemnation. At this time I will suggest that if you answered yes to more than three of these then message me and lets get you into a church that has passion and enthusiasm, to a place that ministers life. Jesus is the truth, the light and the way, He gives fullness of life, joy, and strength. Going to church is supposed to give us energy, excitement and anticipation. Going to my church does!
I love her parting words in the chapter on keeping yourself stirred up.
"Do you go to church just to get your blessing for the week, or do you go to give to and help other people? Are you a channel or a reservoir? A channel has something flowing in and something flowing out, but a reservoir just sits there and collects whatever is offered. There is no movement" ...therefore there is great potential to become stuck, or dead, or stagnant. Like the yucky pond in the summer, swarming with mosquitos, yeah, the one you walk away from. That is a vision of stagnant, that green pond that sits still, with only the occasional passerby in the shape of a water skeeter. (Colleen speak for one of those bugs with long legs that skids along the water)
I know I want to be the channel, I am excited to be a channel, I live for being a channel, Lord make me a channel!
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2 v7
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