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May 29th, 2005
"HEALTHY CHURCH ?"
Pastor Tony Sutton
BODY OF CHRIST
HEAD - SHOULDERS - TORSO - ARMS - HANDS -
LEGS - FEET
VISION - DO OUR LEADERS HAVE A VISION? IF SO
WHAT PLANS ARE IN PROGRESS?
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he
that keepeth the law, happy is he.
HEAR - DO OUR LEADERS LISTEN TO THE HOLY
Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
saith unto the churches.
MOUTH - DO OUR LEADERS SPEAK PRAISES TO
Psalms 145:21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let
all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
NOSE - DO OUR LEADERS SMELL TROUBLE IN THE
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the
flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to
feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own
Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous
wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
BURDEN BEARERS THERE TO
BEARERS - DO WE BEAR THE BURDENS OF
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law
LEAN ON - ARE WE THERE TO JUST LISTEN IN
STOMACH - CHEST - BOSOM - BREASTS - NAVEL
STOMACH - DO WE EAT THE WORD OF GOD?
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out
of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
CHEST - DOES OUR CHEST BEAR A HEART
1Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the
truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see
that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
BOSOM - ARE OUR BOSOMS A PLACE OF REFUGE,
Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and
seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
BREASTS - ARE WE FEEDING OUR
BABES IN CHRIST?
Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body
by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit
together, increaseth with the increase of God.
1Co 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto
ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
NAVEL - ARE WE A LIFE LINE TO
Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is
in the navel of his belly.
MISSIONS - ARE WE SUPPORTING MISSIONS?
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
VISIT - DO WE VISIT THE COMMUNITY, THE
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father
is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
PALMS - DO OUR PALMS HOLD
HELP FOR THE
Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom,
pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and
in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor
HELP - DO WE OFFER PHYSICAL
HELP TO THOSE
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is
day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
WALK - DO WE WALK WORTHY?
1Thessalonians 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath
called you unto his kingdom and glory.
FORWARD - ARE WE MAKING FORWARD PROGRESS?
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.
KNEES - ARE WE PRAYERS WARRIORS?
1Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
FIRM - DO WE STAND FOR JESUS?
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
ROOTED & GROUNDED - DO WE KNOW GODS
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the
faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with
UNMOVEABLE - ARE WE STABLE IN THE WORD?
1Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast,
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as
ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to
and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the
sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait
LET US BE REMINDED AND STIRRED BY THE TRUTH. AS WE ASK OURSELVES
THESE QUESTIONS, LET US BE HONEST. ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, 10 BEING
HEALTHY 1 BEING SICK, WHAT KIND OF SHAPE IS OUR CHURCH IN? I'M NOT
TALKING ABOUT THE CHURCH AS A WHOLE, BUT OUR CONGREGATION, OR
MAYBE YOUR CONGREGATION. SOMETIMES WE TRY TO HIDE IN THE CROWD,
BUT WITH GOD WE ARE ON INDIVIDUAL BASES. WE ARE NOT ALL HEADS, OR
FEET. THE WORD SAYS WE KNOW IN PART. GOD HAS GIVEN US A PART, A
JOB, A TALENT. TOGETHER WE MAKE UP THE BODY AND TOGETHER WE CAN
FORM A STRONGER SOUL WINNING STATION FOR GOD.
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Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
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