Things grow when they're healthy.
My responsibility in leading the church is to lead it into health so that God can cause it to grow.
One way that can happen is to be true to the vision had for His Church.
Healthy believers know God! How well do you know Him? What are you doing to get to know Him better?
Jesus called the remaining disciples, minus Judas, to meet Him at a familiar place. Do you have a familiar place where you meet Jesus? If not, do you really know Him? If church is the only place where you meet Jesus, do you really know Him.
How do we do that?
Pursue Him in worship. That would be public worship with your church family as well as private worship times alone with God in your "familiar place".
Put Him First
Put Him first. If God isn't first in your life He isn't God and whatever IS first will be your God.
Pain And Suffering
There is a level of knowledge about God that you can only experience when you walk through the painful experiences of life. If you walk through the valley of the shadow of death and discover that He really IS with you - you come to know Him in a new way.
Spiritually, we will only be as healthy as our knowledge of God. And we won’t know God unless we spend time with Him. We spend time with Him through prayer and through the Word and through worship. We get to know Him by walking with Him in faith and obedience.
You never REALLY know someone until you live with them! I do premarital counseling with couples who have know each other for awhile and they assure me that they know one another well. But then they get married and live together and discover that first year is a struggle because - you never REALLY know someone until you live with them! That is true of God as well!
Healthy churches are made up of spiritually healthy people. And spiritually healthy people know God because they spend time with Him. The more people there are in a church who answer the call to know God, the healthier that church will be.
JESUS IS CALLING YOU OUT TODAY TO HELP BUILD A HEALTHY CHURCH BY GETTING TO KNOW HIM!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?