December 6, 2015
Luke 3:1-6
Philippians 1:3-11
Malachi 3:1-4

Church-growth consultant, Tom Bandy...

Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost

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Church-growth consultant, Tom Bandy, writes about the ways some churches have of cherishing their origins more than their mission. Here are some things they commonly believe:

* It's more important to protect our heritage than develop a strategic plan;

* It's more important to keep Uncle Albert happy than welcome newcomer Sally;

* It's more important to discern the gifts I've been given than receive new gifts God wants to give;

* It's more important for my children to emulate their parents' priorities than help them develop their own;

* It's more important to entrench sacred dogma than to let loose sacred imagination;

* It's more important to pay the heating bills than to invest in benevolences;

* It's more important to have orderly worship than open our hearts to the in-breaking Holy Spirit ...

... and the list goes on. The church, like much of our culture, is like a rocket ship...

This Sermon Illustration Church-growth consultant, Tom Bandy... is based on Matthew 28:16-20 and relates to Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost of Cycle A of the lectionary. This Sermon Illustration on Matthew 28:16-20 is just one of over 15,000 Sermon Illustrations at SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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