Acts 6:7


So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.



As strange as it may seem to churchgoing Christians, the church intimidates unchurched people.  They do not think they can fit in at a place they have never attended.

Thom Rainer



Why Do Churches Stop Growing?                                                                                       Acts 2:41

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.


1.         Lack of         prayer        .                                                                      Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


2.         Lack of         faith        .                                                                         James 5:16-16

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.  16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.


3.         Lack of         soul winning        .                                                                     Acts 2:46

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,


4.         Lack of         generosity        .                                                            1 Corinthians 4:2

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.



The average life span of a U.S. church is 30 years.

Robert Dale



What Stimulates the Growth of GodÕs Church?                                                                 Acts 16:5

So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.


1.         Authentic         community        .                                                                    Acts 5:14

Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.


2.         Inspiring         worship        .                                                                        Psalm 92:4

For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.


3.         Purposeful         witnessing        .                                                                Mark 16:15

He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”


4.         Powerful         proclamation        .                                                                    Acts 6:7


So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.


5.         Empowered         unity        .                                                                 Matthew 22:37

Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.


6.         Incredible         harmony        .                                                                  Psalm 133:1

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!