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  • The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Charles R. Swindoll on Dec 13, 2004
    based on 5 ratings

    The church is not: * An ark for the saving of a select few. * A ferryboat to take effortless passengers to the shores of heaven. * A life insurance company, with no obligation on policy holders except the payment of a small annual premium. * A social set, welcoming certain people and more

  • Church ...

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 13, 2009

    CHURCH DROP-OUTS 70% of people who discontinue going to church in America do so between ages 18 and 22. Of those who attend college, 69% of active churchgoing youth stop attending church for at least a year between ages 18 and 22. Yet 71% of active churchgoing youth more

  • Is Your Church A Church Of Bones?

    Contributed by Jay Mccluskey on Jan 29, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    IS YOUR CHURCH A CHURCH OF BONES? In the town of Sedlec in the Czech Republic, there is a famous cemetery that dates back to the 13th century. Some 40,000 people who died from the Black Plague in the 14th century and in the Hussite wars in the beginning of the 15th century were buried there. more

  • A Church That Has Passion Is A Church Where ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 1, 2001
    based on 139 ratings

    A church that has passion is a church where "Discouraged folks cheer up, dishonest folks fees up, sour folks sweeten up, closed folk, open up, gossipers shut up, conflicted folks make up, sleeping folks wake up, lukewarm folk, fire up, dry bones shake up, and pew more

  • The Church Service Ended At The Lutheran Church ...  PRO

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Jun 1, 2003
    based on 13 ratings

    The church service ended at the Lutheran Church in New Sweden, Maine as everyone “passed the peace.” It was the first Sunday after Easter, and the 50 people in attendance headed to the fellowship hour to have some coffee. Some of the people complained that the coffee was bitter, but people more

  • Fewer Men In Church: In 1990, Church ...

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 5, 2006

    Fewer Men In Church: In 1990, church sociologist George Barna found that 40% of the men he polled had some kind of church relationship. That figure has now slipped to 26%. The situation is probably even worse than this data indicates. Many men are in church on Sunday only because their wives and more

  • Influential Churches The Church Report Magazine ...

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 20, 2007

    Influential Churches The Church Report Magazine has published their annual list of the 50 most influential churches in America. 2006’s most influential church is Willow Creek Community Church. #2 is Saddleback, #3 Northpoint (Andy Stanley); #4 Fellowship Church (Ed Young); #5 Lakewood Church (Joel more

  • Strong Small Churches - The Bigger A Church ...

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 20, 2007

    Strong Small Churches - The bigger a church grows, the worse it becomes both in quality and in its capability to reach new people. This surprising finding comes out of a Germany -based Institute of Church Development study of churches worldwide. In churches with attendance of less than 100, 31% of more

  • The Roof Of The Church Hall Of A Little Church ...

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007

    The roof of the church hall of a little church was falling down. So the members of the church held regular prayer meetings in the hall after the service to pray for funds to repair the roof. There was a rich old man, known to be very tight with his money, who used to attend and sit near the back of more

  • The ‘detonator’ That Churches ...  PRO

    Contributed by David Dewitt on Jan 8, 2001
    based on 120 ratings

    “The ‘detonator’ that churches lack today is prayer. It has the power to ignite the dynamite of the Gospel and more

  • Church Nevers  PRO

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 10, 2002
    based on 75 ratings

    CHURCH NEVERS 6. Never ask an usher to break a $20. 5. Never do a cannonball in the baptismal tank. 4. Never hold a church business meeting on Super Bowl Sunday. 3. Never tell the pastor, "We love your church and we might even come back next Easter." 2. During youth group activities, never more

  • Church Members  PRO

    Contributed by Tony Searles on Jul 25, 2002
    based on 43 ratings

    10% of church members cannot be found? 20% of church members never attend church 25% admit that they never pray 35% admit that they do not read their Bibles 40% admit that they never contribute to the church?tithe or offering 60% never give to missions 70% never assume responsibility within more

  • The Fellowship Of The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 4 ratings

    THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH Calvin, who saw that the Devil’s chief device was disunity and division and who preached that there should be friendly fellowship for all ministers of Christ, made a similar point in a letter to a trusted colleague: "Among Christians there ought to be so great a more

  • This Is My Church  PRO

    Contributed by Rob Ross on Apr 9, 2003
    based on 35 ratings

    This Is My Church It is composed of people just like me. It will be friendly if I am. It will do a great work if I work. It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am generous. It will bring others into its fellowship if I bring them. Its seats will be filled if I fill them. It will be more

  • The Perfect Church  PRO

    Contributed by Keith Davis on May 5, 2003
    based on 14 ratings

    The Perfect Church I think that I shall never see A church that’s all it ought to be; A church that has no empty pews, Whose preacher never has the blues; A church whose deacons always “deke” And none is proud but all are meek; Where gossips never peddle lies Or make complaints or more

  • What Is The Church?  PRO

    Contributed by Troy Borst on May 28, 2003
    based on 10 ratings

    What is the church? Russ Blowers is a minister who is active in his local Indianapolis Rotary club. At club meetings each week a member gives a brief statement about his job. When it was his turn, Russ said: "I’m with a global enterprise. We have branches in every country in the world. We have more

  • Essential Church For ...

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 13, 2009

    ESSENTIAL CHURCH FOR YOUTH LifeWay Resources’ Thom Rainer, after his research among people who stayed in church during ages 18-22 concluded that church should have higher expectations of its younger members. He argues an essential church will expect the younger generation to have a relationship more

  • The Treasure Of The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Anne Benefield on Mar 5, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    THE TREASURE OF THE CHURCH St. Lawrence was martyred in 258 A.D., but we remember him not for his martyrdom. We remember him as the Archdeacon of Rome. His responsibilities included maintaining the sacred vessels of the small, struggling church and distributing alms to the poor. While he was more

  • Arthritic Church

    Contributed by Gene Gregory on Mar 30, 2009

    ARTHRITIC CHURCH Dennis is suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis. Many of you are familiar with the disease. The body attacks itself causing pain, disfigurement, and an inability for the body to function as it should. My friends, the Bible says that we are the Body of Christ. This church and more

  • Diversity In The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 8, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    DIVERSITY IN THE CHURCH Philip Yancey put it this way in an article in Christianity Today just this last November. He writes, "As I read accounts of the New Testament church, no characteristic stands out more sharply than [diversity]. Beginning with Pentecost, the Christian church dismantled the more