A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND

Posted by Perry


I THESSALONIANS 1:8
CBC 7/25/10 SM
1Th 1:8 And because of you, the Lord's message has spread everywhere in those regions. Now the news of your faith in God is known all over the world, and we don't have to say a thing about it
Our Commission is to spread the Gospel to all Nations
• we must do this in an appealing way
• getting people’s attention and holding it is a matter of making the message “delivery” interesting
ILL: after a long, dry sermon/ preacher announced that the board would meet after the service/1st man to show up was not a board member/ preacher said, “you must have misunderstood, this is a meeting of the board.” Man said, “if there is anyone more bored than me I want to meet them.”
DOOR TO DOOR SURVEY:
“If you don’t go to church, why?”
• Boring
• Irrelevant
• Asking for money all the time
• I’m too busy already
• I feel awkward at church
BORING:
• not a funeral parlor/nor a carnival show
• interesting/thot provoking
• music that’s “alive”
• non-judgmental friendliness
IRRELEVANT:
• what Bible says about real life
• how can we have a better life
o relationships
o career
o more fun & joy
ASKING FOR MONEY:
• get DVD from 7/11/10
• tithing is your ticket to financial freedom…
TOO BUSY ALREADY:
• too busy to die but we all will
• we pretty much do what we want to…
o if it’s beneficial
o if it’s interesting
FEEL AWKWARD AT CHURCH
We got winners, we got losers
Chain smokers and boozers
And we got yuppies, we got bikers
occasionally hitchhikers
• Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
We got cowboys, we got truckers
Broken-hearted fools and suckers
And we got hustlers, we got fighters
Early birds and all-nighters
And the veterans talk about their battle scars
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
I love this church
It's my kind of place
Just walkin' through the front door
Puts a big smile on my face
It ain't too far, come as you are
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
we got high-techs
Blue-collar boys and rednecks
And we got lovers, lots of lookers
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
Yes I do
But I love this church
It's my kind of place
Just trollin' around the hall ways
Puts a big smile on my face
No cover charge, come as you are
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
• If U still feel awkward
o Loosen you tie
o Drop the false front
o Love your neighbor regardless
o And quit thinking it’s all about you
A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND IS ONE THAT’S A CENTER OF GOOD NEWS
• we need good news, not a scolding every Sunday!
o U don’t have to go to Hell
o There’s forgiveness of sin
o God is still in control
o God wants everybody to go to heaven…
o There’s help for the hurting, abused & violated
A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND IS ONE WHERE TOUGH THINGS IN LIFE ARE MADE SIMPLE
* God cares for U…simple
* salvation for the lost…simple
* there’s comfort for the afflicted
* there’s love for the unlovely
* there’s patience for the unpatient
* there’s hope for the hopeless
* there’s boldness for the timid
A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND IS ONE THAT’S A FAMILY CIRCLE WITH LOVE PREVAILING (NOT JUDGMENT)
1Th 3:12 May the Lord make your love for each other and for everyone else grow by leaps and bounds. That's how our love for you has grown.
ILL: National study revealed that no woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes!
• times we don’t agree on everything
o mostly b/c we’re selfish
o Love is a matter of work!
o Agree to disagree
• do things to demonstrate that love
o do somebody’s dishes (fig. speaking…)
A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND IS ONE THAT AIDS IN OUR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
1Th 4:9 We don't have to write you about the need to love each other. God has taught you to do this,
1Th 4:10 and you already have shown your love for all of his people in Macedonia. But, my dear friends, we ask you to do even more
• life is a process
o not born with all the answers
o when we can get answers to life’s questions @ church it makes it worth attending
o U may not get them from the preacher or teacher…
 May be from someone you’re sitting close too…
2Ti 3:16 Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.
2Ti 3:17 The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds.
CONCL:
Someone well said: What power the church would be…
If all the sleeping folk would wake up
If all the lukewarm would fire up
If all the dishonest would confess up
If all the disgruntled would sweeten up
If all the discouraged would cheer up
If all the estranged would make up
If all the gossipers would shut up
If all the true soldiers would stand up
If all the church members would pray up

All of us need to do our part to make this church one people want to attend

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