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What would you consider the main criteria for a "healthy church"?
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jun 1, 2001, 20:44

A "healthy church" is one in which the Scriptures are taught, Jesus Christ is lifted up and exalted, and the Church's mission is taken seriously.

The Church makes a difference because, as a Christian, you are simply incomplete without other Christians. The forces of the world are angry, consuming and strong. Without your brothers and sisters in Christ you will not last. Sometimes we need to be careful to remember that Jesus referred to the church as "His bride", and I think that Jesus takes seriously what we think, do, and say about His bride.

It is only within fellowship that a Christian experiences the fullness of God. In Ephesians 3:17-19, Paul is talking about the Church as a unified fellowship where "Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know that love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Jesus said that when two or three gathered together in His name, He would be there (Matthew 18:20). Without the "root"of the Church, you would die.

The Church contains much wisdom, experience and knowledge; in that, it serves as a vital part in growing and strengthening your faith. The Church is also the instrument by which Christ accomplishes His purposes in the world. In witnessing, serving, helping, preaching, loving, changing, feeding, clothing, and healing, there is so much to do that only a fool would even attempt to begin without others. The Church must act as a body (1 Corinthians 12). I hear many times the excuses that people give for not being a part of the church, I smile because I do not see church, church membership and church involvement as optional behavior for a believer. (And if that statement just made you angry, I am willing to bet that you aren't involved in a local church. . .now that I have gotten your attention you can stay angry, or you can think about it. I am confident that an extensive study in God's word will leave you with only one option, getting involved in the body of Christ in a setting where you can use your gifts to strengthen the body). People approach church/church membership with the attitude of "what does the church have to offer me", the attitude we should have is, "what do I have to offer the church"

The Greek word for church is ecclesia, meaning the "called-out ones." You became a member of the Church when you received Christ as your Lord and Savior. That means that the church is people! I am amazed at the attitude that many take toward the church at times, they gripe, they grumble, they moan and groan, without ever understanding that the church is an outlet that God has given us a precious gift. . . The question is not whether or not you are a member; the question is whether or not you are going to fulfill your obligation as a member.

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