A Ready Recollection

The Mind Numbing Ponderings Of A Pulpit Preacher

5 Challenges


1. To Make A Personal Testimony

Mark 5:19

Jesus said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

2.  To Invite a stranger

Matthew 25:35

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

3.  To study a little more

Acts 17:11

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

4.  To ask questions and to seek answers

John 3:1-5

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

5.  To Pray for an enemy 

Matthew 5:43-44

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

If you do these things you will never be the same.


August 10, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study, Church Growth | Leave a comment

Pew Packer Class

Can you answer any of these questions?

1.  Which of the following was the first man to have two wives?

  1.  Adam
  2. Cain
  3. Abraham
  4.  Lamech

2.  Besides Sarah, which of the following was Abraham’s wife?

  1. Haggar
  2. Keturah
  3. Rachel
  4. Rebekkah

3.  Besides Isaac and Ishmael, which of the following was a son of Abraham?

  1. Lot
  2. Jacob
  3. Ishbok
  4.  Laban

At best you will probably have a little difficulty. The reason for such a demonstration is to announce a new class at the Flushing Pointe church of Christ. It will begin Sunday night July 24th at 5:30 pm.

This class will meet in the front of the auditorium. It is for the young people and the “young of heart” It will consist of 15 minutes of Bible Q&A.

Some people may reply, Isn’t that just a bunch of silly trivia? The truth is that there is NO SUCH THING as useless Bible knowledge. NOTHING is in the Bible by accident, there are no passages that are just filler and all Scripture is God’s word.

This short Bible drill class will ask such questions as…

  1. Who was the first man/woman
  2. Who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament
  3. What must I do to be saved

It will also drill students concerning….

  1. Name the books of the Old Testament/New Testament.
  2. Name the books of poetry.
  3. Name the books of History.
  4. Name the major/minor Prophets.

How can we expect our young to function as Christians when we, ourselves, don’t take it seriously?

Ecclesiastes 12:1

July 19, 2011 Posted by | Church Growth, FYI | 1 Comment

Raising The Dead:

Breathing New Life Into A Dead Congregation:

Just get online a Google “Church growth”. You will find thousands of links to various resources.  Unfortunately many of these “resources” fall into one of three categories.

  1. They want you purchase their material or hire a “specialist” to come in and “guide” you
  2. Articles that cover superficial ideas that are generic at best but don’t address the real problems.
  3. A bunch of sermon outlines that simply point out the problems that you are already aware of.

While there may be some value in these resources, more than likely, they will not address the real problem. The real problem is not external and cannot simply be “patched” up with a quick fix.  What we fail to understand is that growth does not come from us.  Scripture reveals that God, and God alone, brings the increase.  No amount of programs, events or party tricks is going to change that.

All of that being said, we do have a responsibility in the process. A congregation cannot grow until the members grow. Many churches find themselves caught in a tangled web of diverse conditions and ideas that serve only to hinder growth.

Among these ideas, the most dangerous are…

  • Depending on a project of program to produce growth
  • Expecting the preacher (or a hand full of members)to do all the work.
  • Throwing money at the problem in hopes that it will just go away.
  • Building a new facility to attract more people.

While there is some value to programs and the preacher does have a duty and money needs to be invested in growth; these things are not solutions! Many people in the religious world get caught up in saddle-back, watershed, purpose driven nonsense that serves only to increase numbers without bringing about any TRUE growth. If increased numbers is all you want, well, that’s easy.  Just give the world what it wants and they will be knocking down your doors.

Let’s look at a church growth program that actually works. The author is known world wide. People from all walks of life seek his counsel. His program has never failed to produce growth. His book has been a best seller for years. Of course I’m speaking of God and his word.

In future articles we will examine this never failing program. We will explore it’s applications and importance. We will delve into those areas where we need improvement and let God’s solutions guide us where we need to be.

To Be Continued….

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Church Growth | Leave a comment