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Church Growth

Saw one of those church growth ads on Facebook this morning that was all about the numbers? This was a thoughtful comment I found refreshing: “This ad clearly equates ‘growing’ a church with numbers, getting folks in the door and… Read More ›

Nine Important Functions of the Local Church

The local church is the center of the Christian’s worship. This is where our sacrifice for sin—our altar—is presented and understood (Hebrews 13:10; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:23). This is where our worship begins and flows out into the life. We damage the growth of Christian graces in the life if we neglect the assembling of the church (Ephesians 4:11–16; Hebrews 10:24–25).

When writing the story of your life…

Although my parents called themselves Catholic, we rarely went to church. And when we did, even though I recall having an interest in the arts and crafts relating to Noah’s Ark, Johan, Daniel and the lion’s den…we made in Sunday School, I found the whole church experience painfully boring and tedious.

WE ARE UNITED

A family of fellow Christians can be a wonderful source of strength and encouragement for us. Many times though, we aren’t even aware of the pain and suffering they are going through. We have all gotten wrapped up in our… Read More ›

Do I have to go to church?

Church attendance in the West, even among Christians, is falling. According to a recent study, attendance at church services in any given week has declined among Christians by 9 percent since 1991. Now only a minority of Christians (47 percent) can be found at church during a typical week.