Three Biblical Priorities For Church Growth
The church will grow when we enthusiastically embrace the following priorities:
PRIORITY #1 - COMMITMENT TO CHRIST
Christianity is the only religion with a Savior. The bones of the leaders of the other religions still lie in their graves - Christ’s tomb is empty because he lives! Jesus is the unique Son of God and the only one who can deal with our sins. No wonder Peter said, ‘There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). And Jesus is Lord. We belong to him and must let him touch and transform every corner of our lives. When we are convicted that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord, then we will share this good news with others and the church will grow.
PRIORITY #2- COMMITIV TO THE BODY OF CHRIST - THE CHURCH
Christ loved the church so much that he gave his life for her and purchased her with his own blood (Ephesians 5:25, Acts 20:28). If we love Christ, we will love what he loved. Commitment to the church means we will financially support the congregation, encourage and uphold the leadership; eagerly participate in the worship assemblies and Bible classes. Love for the church means we will love one another, serve one another, admonish one another, encourage one another, forgive one another, rejoice and weep with one another. Our enthusiastic participation in the life of the congregation is essential if the church is to grow.
PRIORITY #3 - COMMITMENT TO THE WORK OF CHRIST IN THE WORLD
Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and this is the continuing mission of the church today. Our desire is to see others become Christians and responsible members of the body of Christ. Someone has said, “Evangelism is not optional; it is not compulsory; it is inevitable.” Each of us can be involved in the process by praying for the lost, inviting friends to worship assemblies, warmly greeting visitors, looking for opportunities to share our faith and offering to study the Bible with those who are searching.
When each Christian is committed to Christ, his church and his work in the world, then the church will just naturally grow!