Day 34 - Schedule a Church Check-up
Read Acts 11:19-30
““The Lord’s hand was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.” Acts 11:21 (HCSB)
Are your life, marriage, family, career, and church healthy? The church in Antioch was healthy and strong. News about the church reached Jerusalem. It’s a fact that people talk about the church (good or bad). Barnabas reported that he saw the “grace of God” when he arrived in Antioch. What are people saying about your church? As people attend your church, do they see the “grace of God” at work?
What are some signs that distinguish a healthy church? A healthy church…
1. Expects commitment. Persecution couldn’t stop the witness of early believers.
2. Shares Jesus. Early believers didn’t talk about the economy, sports, or Hollywood. Jesus was the subject of their conversations.
3. Welcomes change. The church in Antioch saw the Lord change lives, marriages, and families. The church’s message must never change. However, methods need to change as the Lord leads.
4. Serves together. Barnabas needed Saul’s help to teach the believers in Antioch. Healthy churches embrace a “team” approach to service.
5. Disciples believers. Barnabas and Saul taught a great number of believers for one year. Healthy churches never separate
evangelism and discipleship.
6. Practices generosity. A worldwide famine convicted the early believers to give. Generosity characterizes a healthy church.
7. Trusts leaders. The Antioch church trusted Barnabas and Saul. Leadership trust is essential in healthy churches.
PRAYER As you pray today, hold each of the 7 traits listed above before God, asking Him to show you places of health in your church, as well as places where your church is falling short. Ask God to search your own life in regard to these traits as well.