First Baptist Church of Williams February 13, 2013 Wednesday Evening Devotion Ash Wednesday
How Many Smaller Churches Can Keep Their Doors Open
By: Dennis BickersMany smaller churches face a troubling future. Unless these congregations are willing to make significant changes, their death is almost inevitable.
Why Attending Church No Longer Makes Sense
Wonder why more and more people have stopped attending church? Maybe the era of church attendance is ending. Here's why and what to do about it.
10 Commandments for a Friendly Church
Speak to People. A cheerful word of greeting can make the day brighter for anyone. Some folks would never speak unless spoken to first. It would be a quiet world if everyone refused to speak until spoken to Give Folks a Friendly Smile. A smile costs so little and does so much good. Your smile is your greatest asset. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13 Call Folks By Name. The sound of a friendly voice calling your own name is sweet music. It is a tune anyone can play. Be Friendly and Helpful. If you want friends, be friendly. Don’t build walls around yourself. Build bridges. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend…
What Does the Bible Say About Drinking Wine?
Read John 2:9. When is it permissible to have a drink?
Fairhaven Baptist Church
Bible Text: I Peter 3:10-12 | Preacher: Roger Voegtlin | Series: Transcribed Sermons Please turn in your Bibles to I Peter chapter 3, verses 10 through 12. I’m going to preach this morning simply on how to enjoy life. Everybody wants to enjoy life, but some don’t, and some do. I think we see a secret to this in I Peter 3 starting with verse 10. “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek …
3 Epic Shifts Underway in the Church
Listen in as thought leader Reggie McNeal delivers a thought provoking message regarind three epic shifts taking place in the church. From One Future STL 2019.
Summit Woods Baptist Church: Lee's Summit, MO > Mid-Service Comments
February 14, 2017 by Brett Harris Please find below Brett Harris' notes from the Mid-service comments this past Sunday. Evaluate your heart against Scripture in understanding Jesus' purpose in his first coming and how that impacts your view of our purpose in following him Acts 7 tells us of Stephen's stoning; the first martyr of the Christian faith. At the beginning of Acts 8, we see that a man named Saul is approving of the execution and that Saul himself was ravaging the church - he was doing whatever he could to stop the church. Later in Acts we read that Saul was heading to Damascus, still breathing threats and murder against believers. That's some pretty strong language. His anger and hatred of Christ and his church is strong and it motivates his…
Why Baptists Are Leaving the Local Church
Tom Cheyney & Rodney Harrison, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary discuss issues that churches are facing today. People don't since God's presence, they're looking for Him. They're looking for a sense of joy, a sense of vision, a sense of purpose and a sense of mission. Click the logo to listen
Faith Church Blog
We talk about love all the time. We ask if our comments were ‘loving’; if our actions were ‘loving’; if we sought to love someone more than ourselves. But have you taken the time to pause and ask, “What does it mean to actually love someone?” I would like to flesh out a definition of love that will help measure all our actions so we can truly tell if what we are doing and saying is ‘loving’ In What Did You Expect , Paul Tripp defines love as willing self-sacrifice for the betterment of another, without any expectation or reciprocity. Willing Love can’t be compelled. If you are being forced to do something, then it can’t be loving. Imagine Jesus going to the cross because God the Father made him do it. Would…
What to do when your church changes
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I’m invited to preach have these things in common… –Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. –On the platform you find all kinds of musical instruments. –Huge screens are mounted on the front walls, where the words of songs and scripture are projected. –Many people in the congregation read Scripture from their phones. –Worship leaders are often wearing jeans and sneakers. –In the announcements, you hear of mission trips to foreign countries, regardless of the size of the church. –Fewer and fewer hymns are being sung, and when the old ones are brought out, they’re given new treatments. Mostly, though, what’s being sung in worship was written in the past 10 or 12 years. –Churches announce on their outside signs “blended”…