Five Elements of a Healthy Church
Part 3 (Attend)

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

July 18, 2016

Welcome to a new week! As you work through the things that you have to accomplish this week, be thinking about how you can serve others around you.

Let’s revisit a key point or two from our series, Living a Christ-Centered Life

Week 3 of the series focused on ATTENDING – being a member of a community of believers.

I Corinthians 12:18
But now, God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. [NKJV]

For true connection to happen, for fellowship to be rich, and for people to develop a Christ-Centered Life, the Community must have Unity!

Unity is focused on God, rather than self. It is the greatest force in the church.

Colossians 3:14
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity [NIV]

LOVE is willing to sacrifice its self-interest to preserve the unity of the church!

True Comm-unity is harmony among believers who are focused on the mission of the church, in order to advance God’s purpose for the good of the people.

Personal agendas don’t focus on God and the mission of the church, they divide and separate.

You may not like everything that you see, but what is happening in your heart??

A church community is like a puzzle. We see the entire picture and are working toward its completion, even as each of us deals with the frustrations of making our individual pieces fit.

Being a church member means several things:

  1. Getting involved, not waiting for others to do the work.
  2. Committing to doing one thing that you can do.
  3. Doing that one thing with your whole heart.
  4. Using your time, treasure, talent, and touch to further the mission of the church.

One of the ongoing questions you should ask yourself, and in prayer to God, “How can I BEST serve my church?” You should NEVER ask yourself IF you should be serving your church.

Everyone has something to do and can do that one thing!

Christ-Centered for Life,

Pastor Paul


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