“Small” and “big” may be relative, but for certain faith groups in Christendom they can not ignore that they are a tiny group. The groups of Christianity who keep to the teachings of Jesus and who believe what he and his Father say are also “small” compared to the mainline churches of Christendom.
The Christadelphians were once an outspoken, vibrant, edgy “Christian” group who spread their urgent end-times message far and wide. They grew exponentially in the latter half of the nineteenth century, but their heyday is long past. For several decades now they resemble a heavy rusty old steam locomotive that is running out of speed as it lumbers along ill-kept tracks, but still tries to muster the motion needed to take on steep mountain slopes.
recognised Arne Roberts who looked at the community of Dr. John Thomas who inspired many Bible Students from which later came such today better know and much bigger groups like the International Bible Students and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Al over the world we may find big churches and in the United States of America we even can find mega churches. What we can see and hear at those churches and institutions that often they have gone far away from the Biblical Truth.
Many people may think the big churches and those who have the classical church building are the real good churches. On what do they base themselves for making that judgement? Is it really the looks outside that make the Church of God. are those places with shining gold and many pictures and statues the right temples god wanted to have build for Him? And in those huge places is there done a worship of the right god and in the right way, according to God’s Wishes?
Often it is better to be a small church, with people so loving the Word of God that they really spent enough time studying it and living according to it. The only danger with a small church is that with being small there can be a small mindset or that people do not feel enough encouragement and start loosing interest.
A small group (12-15 people) is the perfect environment for people to share needs of being able to talk to people, to share ideas, to feel common ground and to find an intimate environment. In fact, this is the size of group Jesus himself also used for discipleship and his disciples also came together in small groups at each-others houses. they did not have especially build worship places outside the synagogue. For their bible study and worship of God those who were not a Jew, but followed the teachings of Jesus, gathered regularly in public and private places. They were not looking for big numbers but were happy to meet with like minded followers of Christ.
Let believers always assure that they go hand in hand with each other, looking for the biblical knowledge and wisdom entrusting the elder-ship, leadership or guidance of their church by people who are really founded in the truth, continuing to study that Word of God and putting it in the first place plus knowing where and how to go to.
In that small church may be a strong feeling of togetherness where the leader of the group does not as a dictator but is willing to share his vision and hopes that can inspire and affirm what God is stirring in the hearts of that small community.
- a little church
- Is your church small?
- The Big Conversation
- The Big Conversation follow up
- The Big conversation – Antagonists
- The Big conversation – Recognition and refocus
- Having a small church mentality
- Reasons why you may not miss the opportunity to go to a Small Church
- Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
- To remove the whitewash of the Jehovah Witnesses as being the only true Bible Students and Bible Researchers
- Vision blurred by cumulative burden of divisions
- Not words of any organisation should bind you, but the Word of God
- Why we do not have our worship-services in a church building
- Four Pressing Needs in Rural Communities, and How the Church Should Respond
- What is God’s Will For Your Life?
- On the Affirmation of Scripture
- Walking in Total Dependence Upon God
- Walking With Intentionality
- Deacon Selection In the Small Church
- If It’s All About Relationship…
- Advice to Pastors from Nanny McPhee
- Just Try a Few Things
- Seven Critical Factors in Bringing About Change
- For the Bookshelf: The Apathetic and Bored Church Member
- A Snapshot of the Church in America
- Jesus and the Church Growth Gurus
- What’s in It for Me?
- What’s my line?
- A major problem in the church.
- Overcome division with core values
- Why Churches Must Plant Churches That Plant Churches (Part II)
- How do you eat an elephant?
- “When Faith Goes, All Good Things Go”
With respect to the authority of Scripture, the greatest challenge facing Bible-believing churches today is not the disbelief aimed at the Bible from outside the faith; nor is it the attack against it from unbelieving theologians cloaked with Christian terminology.
The greatest challenge facing Christians are pulpits where the inerrant Word is wholeheartedly affirmed but routinely side-stepped and ignored. If your preacher is not preaching the text, he is not preaching the Bible, and functionally denies its authority. It does little for the church to affirm the authority of the Scriptures, if the church’s preachers are not shaped by it. If the preachers and elders of the church are not fed on the Word of God, with what do they feed the sheep entrusted to them?