I recently made the following statements in a sermon …
Colossians 1:18 and Ephesians 1:22 describe Jesus as the head of the church.
A church might call themselves First Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Central Baptist Church. Yet, Jesus is always the head of the church.
A church might refer to their pastor as brother, reverend, doctor, or “hey you.” Yet, Jesus is always the head of the church.
A church might have 3 deacons, 5 deacons, 12 deacons, 40 deacons, 100 deacons. Yet, Jesus is always head of the church.
Perhaps the most quoted verse regarding the church is Matthew 16:18,“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
The gates of hades will not prevail against the church – but that doesn’t mean every single, individual church. Remove Jesus as the head and the church will die.
In a follow up conversation a few days later, I was asked to provide a few reasons why a church might die. I offer you a few reasons without explanation. Of course, this list is not exhaustive.
Reasons a Church Might Die
- The church is plagued with gospel ignorance or gospel confusion
- The church doesn’t view the Bible as authoritative
- The church is marked by spiritual immaturity
- The church is void of discipleship and disciple makers
- The church has an absence of evangelists in the pews
- The church prioritizes personal preferences over gospel priorities and the great commission
- The church functions merely as a social club
This might need a part two …