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Title: God has a plan that will produce His results in church growth.


1
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • Too much of the emphasis we see on church growth
    comes from a carnal emphasis.

2
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • Too much of the emphasis we see on church growth
    comes from a carnal emphasis.
  • We are faithful because we grow

3
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • Too much of the emphasis we see on church growth
    comes from a carnal emphasis.
  • We are faithful because we grow
  • Some view the church like a potential stock.
    What is the growth rate?

4
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • Too much of the emphasis we see on church growth
    comes from a carnal emphasis.
  • We are faithful because we grow
  • Some view the church like a potential stock.
    What is the growth rate?
  • The one factor missing in this analysis is What
    does God say about growth?

5
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • What is true growth? How do we achieve this kind
    of growth?

6
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • Gods approach will produce Gods results.

7
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • Gods approach will produce Gods results.
  • The pagans at Corinth could testify to this
    point. (Acts 188 1 Cor 69-11)

8
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • Acts 188 (NKJV) - Then Crispus, the ruler of
    the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his
    household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing,
    believed and were baptized.

9
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • 1 Corinthians 69-11 (NKJV) - Do you not know
    that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom
    of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators,
    nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,
    nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
    drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will
    inherit the kingdom of God.

10
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • 11And such were some of you. But you were washed,
    but you were sanctified, but you were justified
    in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit
    of our God.

11
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • What could change a pagan?

12
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • What could change a pagan?
  • We do not always see results as God wills. (2 Cor
    214-17)

13
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • 2 Corinthians 214-17 (NKJV) - Now thanks be to
    God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and
    through us diffuses the fragrance of His
    knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God
    the fragrance of Christ among those who are being
    saved and among those who are perishing.

14
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading
    to death, and to the other the aroma of life
    leading to life. And who is sufficient for these
    things? 17 For we are not, as so many, peddling
    the word of God but as of sincerity, but as from
    God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

15
God has a plan that will produce His results in
church growth.
  • This chapter will give us insight into how God
    works with men.

16
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • 1 Corinthians 31-4 (NKJV) - And I, brethren,
    could not speak to you as to spiritual people but
    as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you
    with milk and not with solid food for until now
    you were not able to receive it, and even now you
    are still not able 3 for you are still carnal.
    For where there are envy, strife, and divisions
    among you, are you not carnal and behaving like
    mere men? 4 For when one says, I am of Paul,
    and another, I am of Apollos, are you not
    carnal?

17
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Dull hearers.

18
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Dull hearers.
  • Any good teacher will analyze his audience. Where
    are they?

19
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Dull hearers.
  • Any good teacher will analyze his audience. Where
    are they?
  • Have you ever felt the frustration Paul
    experienced here? He wanted to give them more,
    but he could not. Why? (Heb 511-14)

20
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Hebrews 511-14 (NKJV) - of whom we have much to
    say, and hard to explain, since you have become
    dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you
    ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach
    you again the first principles of the oracles of
    God and you have come to need milk and not solid
    food.

21
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is
    unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is
    a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who
    are of full age, that is, those who by reason of
    use have their senses exercised to discern both
    good and evil.

22
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • How you hear is a product of what is really
    important to you.

23
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • How you hear is a product of what is really
    important to you.
  • Example Someone talking to me during a football
    game.

24
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Good hearing is like an athletic event, it takes
    exercise to build up an ability.

25
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Good hearing is like an athletic event, it takes
    exercise to build up an ability.
  • The key is what we have done in time (v. 2)
    not yet able...not even now.

26
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Good hearing is like an athletic event, it takes
    exercise to build up an ability.
  • The key is what we have done in time (v. 2)
    not yet able...not even now.
  • Why do people remain dull hearers?

27
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Worldly Thinking.

28
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Worldly Thinking.
  • The root of worldliness is the flesh. (1 John
    215-17)

29
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • 1 John 215-17 (NKJV) - Do not love the world or
    the things in the world. If anyone loves the
    world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16
    For all that is in the worldthe lust of the
    flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of
    lifeis not of the Father but is of the world. 17
    And the world is passing away, and the lust of
    it but he who does the will of God abides
    forever.

30
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • How do worldly people view the things of God? (1
    Cor 214 Rom 85-8)

31
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • 1 Corinthians 214 (NKJV) - But the natural man
    does not receive the things of the Spirit of God,
    for they are foolishness to him nor can he know
    them, because they are spiritually discerned.

32
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Romans 85-8 (NKJV) - For those who live
    according to the flesh set their minds on the
    things of the flesh, but those who live according
    to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to
    be carnally minded is death, but to be
    spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because
    the carnal mind is enmity against God for it is
    not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

33
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot
    please God.

34
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • The worldly think in terms of what men see.

35
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • The worldly think in terms of what men see.
  • Worldly people are shallow, they will not pay the
    price of study and meditation.

36
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • The expressions of worldly thinking.

37
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • The expressions of worldly thinking.
  • Envy - The first step of the proud person.

38
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Does the honor of someone become a dishonor to
    you?

39
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Does the honor of someone become a dishonor to
    you?
  • Sometimes, as at Corinth, a faction is produced
    by those of like minds joining together. It is
    not uncommon for the weak to be pulled in.

40
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Sadly there is an appeal to those who seek to try
    to bring out how one has been wronged.

41
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Examples why are not others in the church
    working as hard as me

42
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Strife - This is what a worldly person feels
    justified in doing because of envy.

43
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Strife - This is what a worldly person feels
    justified in doing because of envy.
  • Normally this involves the tongue. (Jas 31
    313-16)

44
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • James 31 (NKJV) - My brethren, let not many of
    you become teachers, knowing that we shall
    receive a stricter judgment.

45
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • James 313-16 (NKJV) - Who is wise and
    understanding among you? Let him show by good
    conduct that his works are done in the meekness
    of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and
    self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie
    against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not
    descend from above, but is earthly, sensual,
    demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking
    exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

46
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • It takes two carnal men to fight. How will you
    react when wronged?

47
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Divisions - This is the end result of a carnal
    process.

48
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Divisions - This is the end result of a carnal
    process.
  • A church can be divided without splitting. What
    is a clique?

49
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Divisions - This is the end result of a carnal
    process.
  • A church can be divided without splitting. What
    is a clique?
  • Are you only associating with a certain few in
    the church?

50
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Do you spend time with others in tearing down and
    magnifying the sins of others without trying to
    help the one in sin? This is a cowardly act.

51
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • Do you spend time with others in tearing down and
    magnifying the sins of others without trying to
    help the one in sin? This is a cowardly act.
  • Carnal groups in a church can destroy an
    eldership.

52
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • The respect of men. (v.4)

53
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • How do you know when one has placed a man above
    God?

54
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • When they cannot accept doctrines that are in
    opposition to a respected man.
    (1 Tim 63-4)

55
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • 1 Timothy 63-4 (NKJV) - If anyone teaches
    otherwise and does not consent to wholesome
    words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,
    4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed
    with disputes and arguments over words, from
    which come envy, strife, reviling, evil
    suspicions,

56
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • When they are afraid to go against these men.
    (John 1242-43)

57
Things that Hinder the Gospel (31-4)
  • John 1242-43 (NKJV) - Nevertheless even among
    the rulers many believed in Him, but because of
    the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they
    should be put out of the synagogue 43 for they
    loved the praise of men more than the praise of
    God.

58
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 1 Corinthians 35-11 (NKJV) - Who then is Paul,
    and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom
    you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I
    planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the
    increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is
    anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives
    the increase.

59
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one,
    and each one will receive his own reward
    according to his own labor. 9 For we are Gods
    fellow workers you are Gods field, you are
    Gods building. 10 According to the grace of God
    which was given to me, as a wise master builder I
    have laid the foundation, and another builds on
    it. But let each one take heed how he builds on
    it.

60
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than
    that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

61
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who know who they are. They are a product of
    Gods grace. (v. 5)

62
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who know who they are. They are a product of
    Gods grace. (v. 5)
  • Without God we are nothing.

63
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who know who they are. They are a product of
    Gods grace. (v. 5)
  • Without God we are nothing.
  • Pride is a constant danger for all who will do
    this work.

64
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who know who they are. They are a product of
    Gods grace. (v. 5)
  • Without God we are nothing.
  • Pride is a constant danger for all who will do
    this work.
  • Who do we wish to have the glory? (1 Tim 112-17)

65
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 1 Timothy 112-17 (NKJV) - And I thank Christ
    Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He
    counted me faithful, putting me into the
    ministry, 13 although I was formerly a
    blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man
    but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly
    in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was
    exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which
    are in Christ Jesus.

66
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all
    acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world
    to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However,
    for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me
    first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering,
    as a pattern to those who are going to believe on
    Him for everlasting life. 17 Now to the King
    eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is
    wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

67
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who build upon their own personality will be
    in for a big disappointment.

68
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who build upon their own personality will be
    in for a big disappointment.
  • Men who will submit to the work that God gives.
    (v. 5 - 7)

69
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who build upon their own personality will be
    in for a big disappointment.
  • Men who will submit to the work that God gives.
    (v. 5 - 7)
  • What is planted? What is watered? (Acts 2027,
    32)

70
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Acts 2027 (NKJV) - For I have not shunned to
    declare to you the whole counsel of God.

71
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Acts 2032 (NKJV) - So now, brethren, I commend
    you to God and to the word of His grace, which is
    able to build you up and give you an inheritance
    among all those who are sanctified.

72
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Who receives the glory in this work? God! (v. 7)

73
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Who receives the glory in this work? God! (v. 7)
  • What is the end product of this approach? (1 Cor
    24-5 2 Cor 45)

74
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 1 Corinthians 24-5 (NKJV) - And my speech and
    my preaching were not with persuasive words of
    human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit
    and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in
    the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

75
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 2 Corinthians 45 (NKJV) - For we do not preach
    ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and
    ourselves your bondservants for Jesus sake.

76
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who want the fellowship of God above all
    else. (v. 8-9)

77
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Men who want the fellowship of God above all
    else. (v. 8-9)
  • What is the preachers reward? Not yet fully
    received. (Matt 2820)

78
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Matthew 2820 (NKJV) - teaching them to observe
    all things that I have commanded you and lo, I
    am with you always, even to the end of the age.
    Amen.

79
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • The preacher is moved by the fact of the
    judgment. (2 Cor 514-15, 11)

80
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 2 Corinthians 514-15 (NKJV) - For the love of
    Christ compels us, because we judge thus that if
    One died for all, then all died 15 and He died
    for all, that those who live should live no
    longer for themselves, but for Him who died for
    them and rose again.

81
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • 2 Corinthians 511 (NKJV) - Knowing, therefore,
    the terror of the Lord, we persuade men but we
    are well known to God, and I also trust are well
    known in your consciences.

82
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Some people fear this kind of preacher? Why?

83
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Some people fear this kind of preacher? Why?
  • Men who know how to build. (v. 10)

84
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • Some people fear this kind of preacher? Why?
  • Men who know how to build. (v. 10)
  • What does it mean to build upon Christ? (John
    1248)

85
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • John 1248 (NKJV) - He who rejects Me, and does
    not receive My words, has that which judges
    himthe word that I have spoken will judge him in
    the last day.

86
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • We want to build a faith that will reach our
    hearts.

87
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • We want to build a faith that will reach our
    hearts.
  • This involves what we do at all times. (John
    147-9)

88
The kind of Preachers that God wants. (v. 5-11)
  • John 147-9 (NKJV) - If you had known Me, you
    would have known My Father also and from now on
    you know Him and have seen Him. 8 Philip said to
    Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is
    sufficient for us. 9 Jesus said to him, Have I
    been with you so long, and yet you have not known
    Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the
    Father so how can you say, Show us the Father?

89
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 1 Corinthians 312-17 (NKJV) - Now if anyone
    builds on this foundation with gold, silver,
    precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each ones
    work will become clear for the Day will declare
    it, because it will be revealed by fire and the
    fire will test each ones work, of what sort it
    is. 14 If anyones work which he has built on it
    endures, he will receive a reward.

90
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 15 If anyones work is burned, he will suffer
    loss but he himself will be saved, yet so as
    through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the
    temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells
    in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God,
    God will destroy him. For the temple of God is
    holy, which temple you are.

91
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • There are two possible results. Which are you? (2
    Cor 135)

92
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 2 Corinthians 135 (NKJV) - Examine yourselves
    as to whether you are in the faith. Test
    yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that
    Jesus Christ is in you?unless indeed you are
    disqualified.

93
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • Gold ,silver, stones?

94
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • Gold ,silver, stones?
  • Wood, hay, stubble?

95
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • Gold ,silver, stones?
  • Wood, hay, stubble?
  • The Day of Judgment will reveal what we are. (1
    Peter 16-7)

96
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 1 Peter 16-7 (NKJV) - In this you greatly
    rejoice, though now for a little while, if need
    be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7
    that the genuineness of your faith, being much
    more precious than gold that perishes, though it
    is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor,
    and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

97
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • Would it not be better to know now and change? (2
    Tim 219-22)

98
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 2 Timothy 219-22 (NKJV) - Nevertheless the
    solid foundation of God stands, having this seal
    The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let
    everyone who names the name of Christ depart from
    iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not
    only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood
    and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.

99
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the
    latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified
    and useful for the Master, prepared for every
    good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts but
    pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with
    those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

100
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • There is a kind of preaching that will help
    people see, another will only keep
    them in the dark. (2 Tim 43-4)

101
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 2 Timothy 43-4 (NKJV) - For the time will come
    when they will not endure sound doctrine, but
    according to their own desires, because they have
    itching ears, they will heap up for themselves
    teachers 4 and they will turn their ears away
    from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

102
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • Who receives the reward or the loss? (v. 14-15)

103
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 15 If anyones work is burned, he will suffer
    loss but he himself will be saved, yet so as
    through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the
    temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells
    in you?

104
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • Watch what you teach! (v. 16-17)

105
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God
    and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If
    anyone defiles the temple of God, God will
    destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which
    temple you are.

106
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • Watch what you teach! (v. 16-17)
  • Let us not think that we are wiser than God. (2
    Thess 210-11)

107
The kind of men good preaching builds. (v 12-17)
  • 2 Thessalonians 210-11 (NKJV) - and with all
    unrighteous deception among those who perish,
    because they did not receive the love of the
    truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this
    reason God will send them strong delusion, that
    they should believe the lie,
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