What are the Non-negotiables We Should be Striving for as a Church?

Thursday is for Discipleship:
What should our churches be?

Love God Love others“I’m a house church planter, and I am trying to figure out the core essentials of who and how we do what we do.””

“I’m a traditional church planter with a small core group. What should we be focusing on as a church?”

“I’ve got a large core group from a great mother church and we are trying to figure out exactly what we should be doing as we set out to start a new church in an adjacent community.”

“I’m a senior pastor who has just taken the lead role at an established church with no focus to its discipleship, an unhealthy recent past, and  low biblical literacy.”

These are all great and appropriate questions and this week Steve Burchett over at Bulletininserts.org had some great answers in an article titled “When Your Church Is Not the Biggest in Town.”

Four of Steve Burchett’s principles are:

  1. Our churches should be extremely faithful to Scripture.
  2. Our churches should be extremely loving.
  3. Our churches should be extremely evangelistic.
  4. Our churches should be extremely dependent upon the Holy Spirit.

That’s a good list folks. I’m not saying its complete. I’m not saying it is phrased with any particular beauty or power. But that is a good list. You can read what Steve has to say about these four characteristics of what EVERY church should be here. Whether your church is a house church, a church plant, an established church, a small church, a big church, a mega-church, a liturgical church, a low church, a high church …

  • How is your church doing?
  • Is your church extremely faithful to Scripture, extremely loving, extremely evangelistic, and extremely dependent on the Holy Spirit?
  • What can you do to help your church take on these characteristics?

Think about using these four characteristics to evaluate the biblical faithfulness of your church’s body life. Then get on your knees and talk to the Savior.

2 thoughts on “What are the Non-negotiables We Should be Striving for as a Church?

  1. I was reading in Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest Journal, the July 23rd entry, yesterday and he emphasized that Sanctification is “letting the perfections of Jesus manifest themselves in my mortal flesh. It is His wonderful life that is imparted by faith as a sovereign gift of God’s grace.”

    If a church has faith, then the perfections of Jesus will be imparted by faith into its members and then there will be faithfulness to Scripture, unconditional loving, evangelism and the leading by the Holy Spirit in the life of that church. It seems to all begin with faith and the more faith the greater will be the imparting of the perfections of Jesus. If we can encourage each other to have faith, even the size of a mustard seed, our churches will grow according to God’s plan.


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