6 Characteristics of a Vibrant Church | Part 2

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6 Characteristics of a Vibrant Church

  • What does God desire for His church and in our individual lives? I want to share 6 attributes every assembly of believers should display, using the word C-H-U-R-C-H as an acrostic.
C—Christ-Centered (Scriptures: Colossians 1:15–18, Colossians 2:18–19, Ephesians 1:15–19, Ephesians 1:17–23, Hebrews 13:8)
  • What God wants to see in our individual lives and when we assemble together is that it is all about His Son, Jesus.
  • Jesus must have the preeminence in all things—in our finances, in how we treat our spouse, and in everything we do.
  • When Jesus is not the priority, you will find yourself pulled, pushed, and led into some bizarre things.
  • Many things will vie for that top spot, and will try to push their way in.
  • The church needs to understand three things: our calling, our inheritance, and the power and authority we have available to us. These illuminations only come by the Holy Spirit.
  • In truth, it is all really knowledge of Him. It’s all about His calling, His glory, His inheritance, His power, His working, His resurrection, His position in the heavens, His feet, His head, His body, His church, and His fullness.
  • If you miss Jesus, you miss everything.
  • The moment Jesus is no longer the center of those three things, we miss the whole plot.
H—Healing Hands (Scriptures: John 14:12, Mark 16:15–20)
  • Jesus’ earthly ministry was accentuated by the healings He performed. And He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
  • All we can do is our part. Then He will do His part. We go out, share, and obey Jesus’ command to lay hands on the sick. That is the end of our responsibility. He is the only one that can confirm that work.
  • Jesus still confirms His Word with signs following.
U—Unity (Scriptures: Ephesians 4:1–3, Psalm 133:1–3, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:10)
  • Strive after unity, for it won’t just happen. You have to work at keeping a spirit of unity in God’s house.
  • Why is unity so important? Let me give you five reasons:
  • Number one: It’s good and pleasant when brethren dwell together in unity.
  • Number two: There’s an anointing when we’re in unity that spreads to every member of the church.
  • Number three: There’s refreshing.
  • Number four: There’s blessing.
  • Number five: Lost souls will find eternal life.
  • A church in unity is clothed with a garment of miracle-working power.
  • When we get in strife, we tear off that garment of power. The church finds herself in the middle of crying, dying, sighing humanity, and she’s powerless to do anything. There’s no power in the preaching, no conviction of sin, no healing, no miracles, no signs…
  • The price tag for gossip, strife, and division is higher than we can afford to pay. We must work at unity.
  • If you are holding something against anyone, forgive them. Don’t let it stick in your craw. The price is just too high.
R—Reaching the Lost (Scriptures: Luke 19:10)
  • It’s important that we build bridges into people’s lives through friendship that we can carry the gospel across.
  • You don’t want to live the rest of your days in a little antiseptic Christian bubble. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
  • Here are three things we must do when it comes to reaching the lost:
  • Number one: We must pray.
  • Number two: We must go. Go into your own personal world and share with someone.
  • Number three: We must give. The gospel is free, but the pipeline to get it to the world can be expensive.
C—Charitable (Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1–8)
  • When God sees His church, He doesn’t want to see a church that shivers every time the preacher mentions money.
  • Offerings are not just a necessity, but they’re sacred. They’re a means of expressing faith. They’re God’s ordained way of supporting His work.
H—Heaven-Bound (Scriptures: Colossians 3:1–2, Ephesians 3:14–15)
  • I’ve heard it said of certain people that they’re so heavenly minded, they’re no earthly good. I don’t think that’s possible.
  • This world is not our home. We are just pilgrims passing through. We will take nothing with us but the people we become—our character—and the precious souls we’ve reached for Christ.
  • In heaven there’s no more crying, pain, anguish, sickness, weakness, hatred, or death. There’s only blessing upon blessing upon blessing.
  • The most important business in this life is getting ready for the next. This is just a dressing room for eternity. We need to be certain we’re ready on this side.

6 Characteristics of a Vibrant Church | Part 2

What does God want His church to look like? How about our individual lives? Bayless shares 6 attributes God wants every believer (and assembly of believers) to display, using the word C-H-U-R-C-H as an acrostic. Learn to live a vibrant life of growth, purpose, depth, impact, and meaningful connection.


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