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Why the Assemblies are Growing Part 2

Why the Assemblies are Growing Part 2

In my first post on this topic we looked at 4 areas the assemblies (and any church that follows them) are growing.  These can apply to any church that wants to follow God’s way of living out the church.

Here are some more ways I see the churches growing.

5. Stronger leadership

Leaders lead, followers follow.  Sadly in many churches leadership is no more than people who makes decisions about building problems, how many chairs make up a row, whether or not to use grape juice or wine etc.

In assemblies that are growing I see men who are committed to the principles of leadership in the Word of God. They are compassionate, not rigid or legalistic (willing to make changes as needed), focused on shepherding and discipleship and they are willing to clearly communicate to the flock their vision and direction.

This takes courage and great conviction. I am praying for a new generation of strong leaders to take up the call to lead God’s people forward into growth.

6. Back to the Bible

There is no question that the assemblies, and most church groups, would claim to hold to the Bible as their only source. However, many groups, including assemblies are willing to stand too firmly on things that are non-biblical (not unbiblical).

Growing churches are focused on what the Word of God says and are not interested in adding more to it.  This brings with it a greater sense of commitment to what God cares about.  It’s a lot easier to tell someone, “We stand on the Bible”, when you actually focus on what it says.

If we are going to reach the next generations with the Gospel we need to get serious about this matter. If we can’t explain something biblically we should not make it an issue within the church.

7. Expression in worship

This is a sticky subject but I feel it needs to be discussed. For so long, too long, Christians in assemblies have been told that emotion is bad.  That any expression of happiness, joy or celebration (especially during the Lord’s Supper) is inappropriate.

Raising hands, clapping, voicing praise such as “amen”, “Hallelujah” are often relegated to youth times only for the youth to be told not to bring that into “the church” meetings.

Not only is this not a biblical attitude it is harmful to the spiritual growth of an individual and a church.  Do we need those things to worship? Of course not. Churches that allow the expression of emotion and joy in the Lord are seeing good spiritual growth. 

8. Learning to compromise

According to the dictionary the word compromise means, “an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions”. I would advocate that this is a biblical principle.

Paul says to the Romans, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19.  And to the Philippians, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Far too often we are unwilling to give up, or compromise our position for the betterment of the church. We dig our heels in and put up our weapons to fight. Growing churches rid themselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. See 1 Peter 2:1.

I will keep this series going as there are many more things that can be discussed. Praise God for His work in the church of North America and around the world. May we all strive to build it up for His glory!

Crawford Paul

Crawford is an elder at Rolling Meadows Bible Chapel in Ontario and has a passion for the assemblies. He and his wife Beth serve in various ways within the assembly to build up and encourage the believers. He is president of Legacy Ministries Canada, an organization focused on helping individual Christians, local churches and Christian organizations with financial, legal and governance matters. Check it out at legacycanada.org

One Response to Why the Assemblies are Growing Part 2

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    Very good comments, but no assembly works with a balance in these areas. It would be great if they did. Often leadership is lacking because the elders also have responsibilities at work and with the family, and their time in the church is to set up the schedule (for lack of time). … Not all leaders have the Biblical idea of leadership but follow the example of previous leaders which may be good or have faults. Spiritual leadership needs to be taught, and not all men in the assembly have leadership ability.(But that does not necessarily disqualify them from being elders) I can think of some well trained leaders, well recommended, but who were overbearing dictators. Others were very amiable and allowed everything with no control of doctrine or discipline. Each one believed that their approach and influence was better than the other., and it ended up that they could not work together or with anyone 🙁 … We are told by the Lord many many times to love one another, because this is hard for the church sometimes and hard for the leaders to love the church. We are to Love the Lord and develop our gifts, and not to think of ourselves as better than others, but strive to work in unity.

    The greatest problem I see in the assemblies today is the lack of GOOD BIBLE TEACHERS who spend hours in the word. In many cases the sheep are not being adequately fed, (however, the assemblies have a richer history in the Word of God than others and I love to study the Bible with some of the older Brethren writers. We need to see our failures and call on the LORD for help, and be faithful in the ministry where each of us have been called by God to do.

    I believe the second coming of the Lord is very near. Our effort should be evangelism. Our churches are surrounded by immigrants that come from countries where the gospel has never been heard. Is this God’s doing to bring them to us? I believe it is .. but we can’t expect them to walk into our churches. We must go to them in whatever method we can to develop their friendship and share the gospel.

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