How would you define success? It is vital that you adopt the Biblical definition. Without it, you are wide open to Satanic attack. If you can’t define true success, you can’t achieve it!
Joshua 1:8“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Everyone wants to be successful. No one is born desiring to be a failure. When asked what they want to be when they grow up, children don’t say, “I want to be unsuccessful!” They usually dream of meaningful careers like a fireman, policeman, doctor, lawyer, businessman, superhero, etc.
Thoughts of success usually include money, influence, fame, or transformation.
What do you imagine when you think of success? An executive in an expensive suit working in corporate America? A large ministry with a national platform? Someone who owns their own business making tons of money? A large, expensive home? A few high-end cars sitting in the driveway? Large numbers of people who adore you?
These are the typical images of success. These earthly ideas of success are imprinted on us from birth.
They are NOT Biblical success. We must reject these carnal ideas of success and search the answer in God’s Word. Why?
God is moving in New England. Rejoice with us over the highlights of the conference and watch a short recap video.
“And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.” Acts 14:27
In this passage of Scripture, Paul and Barnabas returned from a missionary journey and declared the good things that God had done. It is a good idea to rehearse the goodness of God to churches so that those who were not present during God’s blessings can praise the Lord for His work.
Allow me to share God’s blessings from our recent conference so you can rejoice with us and pray for the spiritual need in New England.
A growing church is a clean church! These pointers will help you get your church ready for guests. Get your free Spring Cleaning checklist today.
My mom did a good job of keeping the house clean when I was growing up. I’m thankful we didn’t grow up in a filthy home. Although she may have called my bedroom a pig sty (more than once), and I was occasionally asked if I grew up in a barn, mom taught us the virtue of cleanliness.
Even though our house was clean, there were times that we would have to go the extra mile because company was coming over. Apparently, our normal level of clean was not good enough for guests!
Cleanliness is an attitude.
A pastor and church that expect visitors to come look differently at cleaning and maintenance. They realize that they must go the extra mile to ensure the buildings look clean, maintained, and organized to the fresh eyes of guests.
Hopefully, you were bewildered by the title of this article. Why would this question be asked in the publication of a ministry that helps start churches? Good question. Let me explain.
I have been surprised by the number of Christians (including some Pastors) who aren’t convinced that we need more churches. Here are a few examples.
Sometimes when we promote a town or an area that needs a church, I will see a message that says something like this, “I searched for churches in that town in google maps, and I found a lot of them. Does that area really need ANOTHER church?” Sometimes they will even include a screenshot in case I don’t believe them. Very helpful.
From time to time a pastor will bristle at the idea of another church in a city with more people than they can reach in a lifetime or in a county with more area than they will ever cover. One pastor told a would-be church planter, “This town already has a church. You can go somewhere else.” That pastor left and the church is no longer in existence. The town is still on our list. Hopefully, it will get a good church one day.
Yes, we really do need more churches. Lots more of them in fact. Hundreds more. I believe God can use us to do it. Do you?
Sunday School is an untapped powerhouse of every church. Jumpstart yours with these proven principles.
A Pastor asked me to give him some ideas about reenergizing a stagnant Sunday School program and increasing its attendance. What a great question! As I was meditating on the answer, I sensed that I should write an article about it to help others with the same question.
Also, the article would be a good reminder of the principles we teach to our own Sunday School workers at Curtis Corner Baptist Church.
I believe in the Sunday School ministry. When done correctly, it will strengthen and invigorate your entire church. Here are ten proven principles that will supercharge your Sunday School program.
1. Make Sunday School the preeminent ministry.
Sunday School should be the most important ministry in the Church. It has been used of God like no other ministry since its inception. It has a unique structure that can still be used to change the world. A correctly organized Sunday School program will enhance your church in every way. It will increase the potential of even the smallest church to (more…)