Bible passages form the basis of Church Growth principles according to Paul, the Holy Spirit, and II Timothy.

And these passages form the basis of Church Growth principles according to Paul, the Holy Spirit, and II Timothy.
(1)  Woe unto you when all men speak well of you as it indicates that you are not living Godly in Christ Jesus. The interviewer of Greear for Christianity Today was impressed with how the whole North Carolina community loves Greear, generally making remarks like there is the pastor of the church that does things for people. Granted that Ranier, Greear, and their newly ordained by them Evangelist Beth Moore have found new and novel itching ears teaching and ways, based as much of secular behavioral psychology and theology as Bible, but these are ways Gaines Dobbins of Building Better Churches, one of our Baptist Best on church administration, would call “filling a church with empty people”. Charles Welborn, pastor of a large and growing in numbers Baptist church in Waco and debater, part time Professor at Baylor enjoyed the admiration of many until he ran off with the wife of Raymond Vickrey. Charles Fox with degrees from Baylor, UNC, and Havard escelled in the theology of Congregationalism until he wife ran off with a politician, and he settles for a professorship in philosophy at New York University.
(2) Look around you and find the evil seducers for your attention as they and their follies grow worse and worse. Oh how for a season our friends like Raymond, Charles, Greear, Ranier, and Wellborn can seem to do so well but like Balaam and Korah turn into evil seducers after sucumbing to popularity and success: Raymond in a Dallas church that had fellowship withdrawn for homosexuality, Charles for be seduced by the theology and philosopy of Havard (by the way which is a standard for other Seminaries of America like SWBTS and DTS).
(3) Buckle down on what you have learned of Christ, the Bible, and church and churches from the Bible over theology and philosophy and psychology.
“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
(4) Be Wise “for salvation through Christ”, that is “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”, you don’t have it made yet. Give your people a balance of the security of the believer with “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. Have you noticed that most of the church growth experts by numbers find someway, many ways of creativity and initiative, to convince their congregation that they are the elect of God. The Swaggarts have the best gimmick of all for growth by numbers, both allowing people across the world to join, and convincing them they are special and unique if they speak in unknown tongues, a false concept of holiness, and a violation of all that is good and true in I Corthians 14.
(5) Get off a mild diet of select Scriptures and go deeper into the ALL SCRIPTURE method and movement. The ALL Scripture approach of II Timothy 3:16,17 which leads to the individual profits of ‘doctrine, reproach, correction, and instruction in  righteousness” is:
(a) an attitude of respect for the Bible and the Word of God, every word of it being (i) divine in origin, (ii) absolute in authority, (iii) sufficient for life and living in content, (iv) high fidelity in communications, it is alive and talks to the person with the right attitude, (v) self-interpretation, best seen in the OT quotes in the NT which include explanations, and (vi) being based on the character of God, it is a gradual revelation throughout history and in concrete structures of what God is like, of course reaching an eternal climax in
the Person and Teachings of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ;
(b) a program, plan, and approach that overcomes satisfaction with only a few select scriptures of the Bible {how many quotes can you remember in the time of need, or when overwhelmed with the “cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches”}, striving to revel and even work hard, and with prayer meditation to get into the total Bible of 66 books, and in fact to live there while you are not required by necessity to be living by bread {“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”  (Luke 4:4)}; (c) it is a balanced approach and attitude that goes beyond the “wants” of the Falling away (II Timothy 4:3,4} to the needs for doctrine, reproach, correction {even chastisement to promote discipline and holiness, see Hebrews 12:3-11}; and (d) It gets Christians, church members, and others out of their spiritual and living {BREAD} comfort zones into more (i) discipline from God like a Father for children, and (ii) amazingly yes, “He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).

“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful, nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”  (Hebrews 12:11)

NOTE:  It is life and calamities, properly interpreted, in the context of Hebrews 12:3-11 and for professed children of God as a training program for “righteousness” and “holiness”.  Can you imagine the righteousness and holiness of God in your life?  And if not, then let the ALL Scripture approach help you!

To assist you in this quest, The SunGrist Religious Center and the website is offered in all the fullness of its Bible resources that can help in the individual profitability {not to profit some TV evangelists, prideful church or denomination}, and more specifically the Bible resources noted below—
(6) Judge not according to appearance, the impressive standards of the world and worldly, but judge righteous judgment according to Jesus’ teachings and the Bible. Their large buildings and satellites of mega churches have the false appearance of something real, as do the large pulpits and fancy suits and many degrees and credentials, but all of these are trappings of the world and greatly influenced by the world. You know, the world is too much in our church and churches, a love of the world and the things of the world being practiced as if they were from the Father and as if they would abide forever. No, not so; but remember in a practical way and for real not according to appearance church growth—
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (I John 2:15-17)

How to get in touch with the SunGrist Religious Center for Christ:

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