The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH GROWTH

Electronic Church

In recent months numerous articles have focused attention upon the phenomenal value of the World-Wide Web as an evangelistic tool. A recent issue of the popular denominational journal, Christianity Today, was devoted entirely to this medium of communication as it relates to religious information. Twenty percent of those who use the Internet do so for religious purposes. During the final ... read more »

Benevolent Work in the Mission Field

Most folks by now are aware of the carnage that was caused by the Indian Ocean earthquake of December 26th, and the devastating tsunamis that followed, killing more that 200,000 people, and leaving thousands of others homeless, orphaned, etc.It is a heartbreaking tragedy of enormous proportions. Many Christians appear to be throwing themselves into the task of helping these poor ... read more »

More Preaching on Baptism?

What do you think? Do we need more sermons on baptism? Ask that question and you will receive a variety of answers. In fact, you will no doubt get conflicting answers -depending upon with whom you are talking. Some have expressed the opinion that "all we hear" are sermons on baptism. First, one need not apologize for teaching any New ... read more »

Baseball, Apple Pie, and Persecution

Yes, the list of what is "American" is growing, and persecution is now in the inventory. What is persecution? "Persecution is the suffering or pressure, mental, moral, or physical, which authorities, individuals, or crowds inflict on others, especially for opinions or beliefs, with a view to their subjection by recantation, silencing, or as a last resort, execution" (G. W. Bromiley. ... read more »

Jerry Falwell and the Antichrist

In January, 1999, nationally-known television evangelist, Jerry Falwell, spoke to a "pastor's conference" in Kingsport, Tennessee. One aspect of his speech was picked up by the news media and swirled into a mini-controversy. Falwell asserted that he believed "Christ could return soon," and that "the Antichrist may possibly be alive on the earth today." He went on to suggest that ... read more »

The Growing Trend of Performance Worship

Acceptable worship is a God-centered phenomenon. It involves not only an attitude, but also a submission to certain prescribed acts. Through worship, Christian people, grateful for divine redemption, pour out their souls in adoration to deity. When men, in their worship, seek to direct attention to themselves, instead of God, they seriously err. This is a truth that some learn ... read more »

The Christian and the Workplace

More and more, it appears, Americans are finding that materialism isn't what it's cracked up to be. Without some sort of spiritual flavor, there is a void in life-an aching of the soul that longs for a greater satisfaction. In 1999, Business Week's lead essay was "Religion in the Workplace-The growing presence of spirituality in Corporate America" (November 1). This ... read more »

Reinventing the Family

Rosemary Radford Ruether is a "theologian" who teaches at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Ms. Ruether is the author of a new book, titled, Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family. In this ambitious volume, Ruether challenges the "traditional" family structure and argues for the acceptance of diverse family forms (e.g., a variety of post-marriage relationships following divorce, "temporary" ... read more »

Lessons from the Catacombs of Rome

The term "catacomb" derives from a compound Greek term with the components kata (down) and kymbe (hollow). The word is used of that vast network of tombs beneath the city of Rome (and at other places as well) where ancient Christians buried their dead-and even met for worship during times of severe persecution. It has been estimated that this maze ... read more »

Making Merchandise of the Gospel

The Scriptures clearly teach that one who labors extensively to study and teach the gospel, thus depriving himself of a regular income, has the right to be supported financially by those to whom the instruction is imparted. It is his "right" (1 Corinthians 9:4-6), and it is his students' "responsibility." Paul spends a considerable portion of the ninth chapter of ... read more »