How House Churches Could Reverse the Decline

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Part 2 of 5 If the ABCs of Church Revitalization and the Hallmarks of a Healthy Church revolve around the decentralization that accompanies adopting the biblical definition of “church” and holding those “called out ones” to the Great Commission standard, then it’s worth following the decentralized church to its logical conclusion.  House churches were the predominant format for church gatherings … Read More

ABCs of Church Revitalization

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve contended that churches attempting to attract or accommodate the unrepentant isn’t biblical.  “Church” is by definition the assembly of “called out ones”, not designed for non-believers.  Those for whom church is intended are expected to maintain the purity of Christ’s bride, turning from their lifestyles of sin. Yet today nearly all churches invite non-believers … Read More

When Did Churches Stop Confronting Sin Among Their Own?

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As promised, let’s pick back up on a critical issue we addressed in passing last week – Conformity.  Just as telling one white lie requires more lies to cover the first one up, not following one biblical principle has led churches to break a couple others.  Enticing non-believers to join a worship service that shouldn’t be designed for them has … Read More

I Have A Confession …

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Part 4 of 4 In writing the last of these four blog posts asking the question “Do Non-Believers Belong in Worship Services?“, I realize I need to make a confession.  As I’ve studied the scriptures on this topic and shared the repercussions of the “seeker” movement on the hundreds of churches I’ve worked with over the past 15 years, it’s … Read More

Where Should Non-Believers Hear the Gospel?

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Part 3 of 4 Last week, we looked at the first 4 of 7 common reasons why most Christians answer the question “Do Non-Believers Belong in Worship Services?“ with an emphatic “YES!”   Today, we’ll summarize and respond to the remaining 3 arguments behind their belief that church members should invite their non-Christian friends to church.  The Bible states clearly in … Read More

Is Church Really A Hospital for Sinners?

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Part 2 of 4 There was little doubt that the question “Do Non-Believers Belong in Worship Services?” would stir controversy.  Frankly, I felt the same way as most until recent topics addressed on this weekly blog (now in its 90th week) led me to see what the scriptures had to say about that question.  Like most readers, I had assumed … Read More

Without Love

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by Rick Ezell Action without love is worthless. Words without love are meaningless. Argument without love is empty. Policy without love is insignificant. Knowledge without love is hollow. Sacrifice without love is of no worth. Without love, life is, in a profound sense, inarticulate, valueless, and unreal. Love is not just a precious quality of life; it is life itself. … Read More

Do Non-Believers Belong in Worship Services?

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Part 1 of 3 Over the past two weeks we’ve wondered out loud why so few pastors are willing to challenge churchgoers to live out the Great Commission.  We’ve discussed the many internal and external factors behind the near extinction of intensive, personalized discipleship in churches today.  We’ve taken a stab at who would be the first to walk out … Read More

Why Discipleship is the Ultimate Church Growth Model

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Not all church growth is healthy growth.  Unhealthy growth attracts people from other churches by catering more to them and expecting less of them.  Healthy, exponential growth involves sending those who’ve experienced genuine life change out into the community to demonstrate and share the love of Jesus Christ with those hopeless and hurting.  The growth potential from discipleship is about leverage … Read More

External Factors Keeping Churches from Discipling

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In addition to the internal impediments to discipleship we discussed last week, there are cultural norms making it difficult for churches in America to build disciples.  Even if pastors were fully committed to implementing personalized, intensive discipleship programs, they would encounter three significant attitudinal roadblocks pervading the psyche of most Americans today: 1.  Do What’s Best for Me… Baby Boomers … Read More