Sustainable Church Growth: Addressing the No.1 problem with Churches and Christianity Today

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Anyone can do a Google search and check for themselves …that long list of problems facing churches today … endless …. and the list will gets longer with more denominational issues and further disagreements

From doctrines to money to management issues, you name it they have it …

The longer we wait for Jesus to return, our human problems gets bigger …

I wish to address that one key major problem; I believe to be “The Problems of All Problems” facing churches and Christianity today.

Lack of discipleship and Christian education as according to what Jesus commanded us in and according to Matthew 28:18-20 –

 

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Matthew 28:18-20 is commonly known as The Great Commission.

The important purpose of The Great Commission is in fact obedience unto Jesus.

 

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That’s right, the whole purpose of discipleship and Christian education as according to Matthew 28:18-20 is to promote, to encourage, to inspire, and to generate obedience to Jesus.

The Apostle Paul who was noted to be of great contribution to Christianity had this to say

 

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

For those Christian who’s gone through Bible School, you experienced all kinds of debates and discussion.

When different denominational leaders meet, they are differences of opinions.

But when Christians comes together as a Body of Christ, when disciples of Jesus are gathered together, what do we do and what are we supposed to do?

 

We are all called to obey Jesus.

 

We need discipleship programs designed for such a move.

We need Christian educations that will help us to obey Jesus more.

 

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We know sometimes we are stuck with denominational rules that go against the will of Jesus. We know sometimes we are stuck with human expectations and demands that marginalized the supremacy of Christ in our life. But end of the day …

 

We are all called to obey Jesus.

 

Therefore this is what I believe to be “The Problems of All Problems” for us modern day Christians and churches across the world.

Lack of discipleship and Christian education as according to what Jesus commanded us in and according to Matthew 28:18-20

So how do we solve this problem?

 

25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

(Acts 11:25-26)

 

What happened at Antioch was impartation and passing on of values.

What the Apostles learned from Jesus they passed it on to the next generations.

 

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Again, another one of Paul’s famous words –

 

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

(1 Corinthians 11:1)

 

NOTE: This article has been published through the permission of the blogger David Z. David is a passionate blogger who has a deep heart for the areas of discipleship, prayer, and a sustainable church growth. You may find his reflections and writings at his website on followchristtoday.com.  

SOURCE OF ARTICLE: https://followchristtoday.com/2016/11/08/sustainable-church-growth-005-addressing-the-no-1-problem-with-churches-and-christianity-today/

 

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