This morning I was talking with a friend of mine who pastor’s in another state and we got to discussing church growth, or more precisely, the lack of it.
He asked me, “Why is it that no matter what we do, we are not seeing any real church growth?”
I hear people say we’d have growth if we had more signs and wonders in our services.
Others say we need more programs. “If we only had a better youth ministry.” “If we had a seniors ministry.” “If we had a ministry for the single m0m’s… then our church would grow.”
The truth is, each one of these would probably help, and we do need these in our church… but I am convinced that is not the answer to the question, “Why are we not seeing any real church growth?”
My response is one that none of us wants to readily admit, but it is in fact the truth. I said, “Our churches are not growing because we are not sharing our faith with others.”
2 Corinthians 5:19 in The Living Bible says;
"THIS IS THE WONDERFUL MESSAGE HE HAS GIVEN US TO TELL OTHERS."
Think about this: If we found a source where we could go and ask, and they would pay off all of our debt, not only would we go, but we would tell everyone we knew and loved about this great source we had found.
Well, is this not what we have found in Christ?
Why are we not telling others?
I have thought on this question all morning, and this is my narrowed down list that I come up with:
We don’t share our faith with others because:
(1) We're not sure of it. (OUCH!)
(2) We don't know how.
(3) We fear rejection.
And here’s something we really need to think about:
Not one of these reasons will be acceptable when we stand before God.
Paul writes, "[My] life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus the work of telling others the Good News about God's mighty kindness and love" (Acts 20:24 TLB).
You know what? You don't have to be an eloquent speaker; you just have to share the story!
Listen: "God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men's sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others" (2Co 5:19 TLB).
Why would God leave us on earth with all its pain, sorrow and sin, after we accept Christ?
Why didn't He just take us to heaven?
After all, we can worship, fellowship, pray, sing, hear God's Word, and even have fun in heaven.
The fact is, there are only two things we can't do in heaven that we can do on earth:
Sin and witness to unbelievers.
You don't have to convince or convert anybody; just share with them the answers you've found to the questions they're facing, and let the Holy Spirit take it from there.
That’s it! Nothing more, nothing less.God does not ask you to stand and preach a three point sermon, or prepare a theological discourse. All that is needed is for believers to tell those we come in contact with that we have found the answer, and simply share what Christ has done for you!