What Causes Churches To Die Or Close?

Why do some churches close while others flourish? Why do churches die or close their doors?Church Closings Churches close every single day in this country, and even though some have been around for over a century, like our church has, some end up closing their doors, or they simply fade out of existence due to irrelevance, population shifts, societal changes, corrupt church leadership, and sometimes it’s no one’s fault at all. Churches are like human beings. They are born, they live, they th … [Read more...]

The Primitive Church: A Bible Study And Commentary

Does the church today resemble the church in the 1st century? Acts 2:42a In the first century church, they were focused on one thing above others, and that was “they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching” (Acts 2:42a), so what was the apostle’s doctrine. I would think it would be the things Jesus commanded them to teach others (Matt 28:19-20), so the apostles’ doctrine comes from Jesus and really isn’t their own. If the church was to grow, in the knowledge of the Lord and in size, they w … [Read more...]

What Should You Look For In A Church?

What characteristics should you look for in a biblically solid church?Expositional Preaching If you are at a church that does not preach from the Word of God, then you are at nothing more than a social gathering like a country club, because if they are not preaching the Word, they are not feeding the flock, and they are being disobedient to Christ’s commands to feed His sheep (John 21:17). The Apostle Paul tells Timothy to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, reb … [Read more...]

How Can I Find Out What My Spiritual Gifts Are?

How can we find out what our spiritual gifts are?Spiritual Gifts For one thing, none of us can boast or brag about our spiritual gifts. That’s what the Corinthian church did and they were chastised for it by the Apostle Paul. There is no room for pride in the gifts of the Spirit. The Apostle Paul sums this thought up nicely, by asking, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it” (1st Cor 4:7)? The answer is obviously not … [Read more...]

Do Churches Discriminate Based On Race?

Do churches discriminate based upon race? What does the Bible say about this?Salvation through the Jews When Jesus encountered the woman at the well and she told Him, “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship” (John 4:20), Jesus tells her “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salva … [Read more...]

Should Churches Endorse Political Candidates?

Should Churches endorse political candidates? The Salt of the Earth Jesus told His disciples that they were to go into all the world to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19-20), but He didn’t say, “You will remake the nations.” That’s not our job. God is sovereign even over those who don’t know Him (Prov 21:1). Never are we to force people to be His disciples. Jesus never forced Himself on anyone. That’s not the way salt and light work. Jesus told His disciples (and us), “You are the salt … [Read more...]