PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
We have entered the cold and flu season and one thing you want to do is remain healthy. How can you tell if your body is healthy? You could get a check up and see what your Doctor says.
Another way is seeing how your body responds to a germ or virus. If your immune system is healthy then it will call on your bodies systems to unite and fight off the intruder.
The body of Christ, local congregations, must also be healthy so they will not be overcome by a spiritual disease or virus. How does a church know if it’s healthy or how healthy it truly is? Is it measured by the number of members, size of the budget, number of programs, size of staff or the building? NO! These can all look good from the outside yet still be unhealthy.
There is one sure way to discover a church’s health and that is how it responds to conflict which is like a germ or virus. Conflict; be it in personal relationships or organizations has a way of bringing out buried feelings and exposing how we deal with problems. Our methods will reflect the world’s way, what we witnessed growing up or what the bible teaches. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom. (“Dwell” is the word inoikeo which means to live in a home). Paul is saying the word of God should be able to feel at home in your heart. To have unrestricted freedom in your life. The Holy Spirit can talk to you and guide you to the extent to which you know the word of God.) What these verses say is that you need to spend time in God’s word on a daily basis that you may understand what it says and how it applies to your life. Then this life giving word then needs to be put in to action. E.g. James 3:13-18 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
This is a small window into the findings of an extensive survey conducted from 157k responses from over 500 churches. What was not common among healthy churches: “Growth in attendance, visionary senior pastor, a particular governance structure, focus on missions, and style of worship.” What was common? “The pastors of healthy churches emphasized the necessity of connecting people with the bible more than just during worship. Healthy churches are those whose leadership and membership are solidly grounded in Christ, nourished by God’s word and able to apply it to their lives.” Dr. Ted Kober, Built on The Rock.
By The Way:
Sunday 3, 9:00 AM Morning Worship and Holy Communion. Sermon: Blameless In The End 1 Cor. 1:3-9
10:15 Sunday school for all.
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