What shall it be? Ichabod? or Ebenezer? Will God's glory depart from us - or shall we be able to raise a memorial of God's amazing provision?
What will it cost to revitalize the church? If the cost of discipleship is any indication, it may cost more than you think. Are you willing to pay it?
Revitalization of the church can be a long, hard, tiring journey. We have been given a call to steadfastness in this journey.
What can you learn about revitalization from the story of when Israel demanded a king? This message explores that question.
What defines the church's influence in the community? Jesus uses the metaphors of salt and light, but what exactly does that mean? This message explores that question to determine how the church should interact with its neighbors.
If we are to build the church, it must be built in alignment with the cornerstone - and the cornerstone of the church is Jesus Christ. Some will stumble and fall over it, but for those who follow him, he is the standard by which the church is built.
God told Jeremiah to go to the gates of the temple and to preach to the people of Judah not to place their faith in the institution of the temmple. Sometimes, we also put our faith in the instutution of the church instead of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This message gives us three pitfalls to avoid in our efforts to restore and revitalize the church.
Would you believe that God actually gives us a roadmap to revitalization and restoration? Being a God who restores, he wants us to understand what it takes to restore life and vitality to his people. Many such stories in the Bible exist, including this one in Isaiah 58.
If God can bring an army of bones to life, he can restore a struggling church. What principles can we learn from this story to help us revitalize the church?