How to Kill Your Church

New Vineyard Church is studying Autopsy of a Deceased Church because we never want our church to die. This week, we are focusing on How to Kill Your Church. First thing first, God’s church will NEVER die. However, your church will. 

The 4 Church Killers Are:

  • NO UNITY IN THE CHURCH

  • FORGET WHO YOU ARE

  • FORGET WHOSE YOU ARE

  • FORGET ABOUT THE MISSION

In 1 Corinthian the Apostle Paul had to address the church at Corinth. They were divided and anything that is divided will not stand. Paul began to plead with Corinth in verse 10….”Now I plead with you, breathren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement,” (1 Corinthian 1:10) That same plea stands for the church today. Not to be divide but to be in UNITY in mind and in judgement. Where there is no unity the harmony and the humility will quickly fade.

You can kill the church by forgetting who you are and whose you are. You are a child of God and you have to act like a child of God. We once were children of the devil. When we accepted God’s son we were adopted into sonship through Jesus Christ.

Lastly, we can kill the church if we forget about the mission. God gave us a mission to go and seek the lost. A church will die if it forgets about the lost. Jesus said it himself….They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Mark 2:17)

A church without unity will cause the harmony and humility to quickly fade and members will forget who they are and whose they are. Then, they will forget about the lost the very reason for church today. Don’t be a church killer!

  

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Pastor’s Branch

Hello Fellow Servants in Christ,

The parable of the Samaritan Woman is a beautiful story of how the Savior and a Sinner chatted at an unusual place (The Well) and a whole town of Samaritans got saved; and it is a beautiful picture of personal witnessing between the Savior (Jesus Christ) and a lost Sinner (The Samaritan Woman). This week, as I was reading the story again, my attention settled on two verses: John 4:39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony. He told me everything I have ever done and John 4:42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.” This is a stark reminder for us that Jesus never approached the people “randomly or casually but as possible bearers of witness to him to whole populations.” A foreign, single woman who had had five husbands, and was now living with a man who was not her husband; was the one Jesus chose to bring a town in Samaria to him so that they could say, “We have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world”. So, when we rise each morning we should spend time with God so that our hearts will be positioned to receive all people regardless of their economic, racial, or social status. One personal witness can turn a whole town around. Our Lord and Savior modeled personal witnessing in His own life; how could you and I do any less? Let us recommit ourselves to personal witnessing?

For His Glory,
Bro. Divinity

 

 

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There’s a Good Return for a Diligent Life

In our continuation of pursing excellence the congregation at New Vineyard is currently studying Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue.

Diligence is a characteristic of God and is a requirement for those who desire to live out the destiny that God has for their life. It is impossible for one to possess excellence without diligence.

Diligence is defined as being persistent. In order to be persistent we have to know our position, continue the pursuit and know our provision .

  • We know our position by knowing who we are and whose we are. We are chosen, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession. 1 Peter 2:9.
  • We have to continue our  pursuit regardless of what storms we may encounter. It is imperative for us to  trust and believe that God will never leave us nor forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6
  • We have to know our provision. God is Jehovah-Jireh, our provider. Genesis 22:14

As we continue in the pursuit of excellence let us hold fast to the virtue of diligence for it is impossible to be excellent without accruing diligence. On our quest to diligence remember we are a royal priesthood chosen by God, Himself and we are to continue the pursuit regardless of what comes our way. Our God is with us and He is our very present help in the time of trouble  who will supply every one of our needs according to His riches and glory.

 

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There Is Still Hope

Nehemiah 2:17-20

As we look at our relatives, the youth of this generation, surrounding communities, our government and our nation it may seem as if there is no hope. However, there is!

Nehemiah was a servant in the king’s palace. He heard about his city where his ancestors had lived were in ruins, and the gates had been destroyed by fire. Nehemiah decided that he was going to do something.

  • He identified the problem. In order to change any situation you have to know the problem.
  • He prayed. Prayer will quiet your spirit and will give you divine guidance.
  • He set a plan. Nehemiah established a plan, the plan that God put in his heart, to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
  • He ceased the right people. Nehemiah gathered others to help.
  • He stayed with his purpose. Regardless of all the distractions Nehemiah continued until the wall was build.

Whatever situation you are facing today just know that there is still hope!!

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The Leader and Reading

New Vineyard Church is currently studying Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders.

In order for an individual to lead they have to read.
“The Leader should immerse himself in books that equip him for higher service and leadership in the kingdom of God.”-            J. Oswald Sanders.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, not standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3 KJV

  • Leaders should commit to reading.
    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15
  • Leaders should be consistent. Therefore, my beloved brethern, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
  • Leaders should comply. Keep the Book of the Law always on your lips; mediate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8

Every leader that consistently commit to reading books that equips him/her for higher service and leadership in the kingdom of God and comply with what they read will proper and be successful.

 

 

 

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What moves you? Are you moved?

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like a sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38 NIV

As a disciple of Jesus Christ you should have compassion for people like Jesus when he saw the multitude. Compassion causes concern and concern cause you to move.

After Jesus showed his compassion, a commencement took place and he gave his disciples authority. Jesus called his disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10:1 NIV

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, his spirit is down inside of you. What moves him should move you. However, you cannot let yourself kept you from moving. Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 NIV

 

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