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Church health is the key to church growth. When children are born, you don't have to force them to grow. They naturally grow when provided with the right diet and conducive environment. The same principle applies to the body of Christ. When we remove the obstacles and hindrances, church growth is unstoppable. Growth is a characteristic that God supernaturally breathed into all living things. There are many barriers to becoming a healthy:

I. Traditionalism and Legalism: In Christian theology, this is the act of putting law above the gospel by establishing requirements for salvation beyond repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and reducing the broad, inclusive and general precepts of the Bible to narrow and rigid moral codes. In Mathew 23 Jesus condemns the religious leaders of his day for putting the traditions and interpretations of their law above the Law of God. Legalism strangles the health of the church. Many churches are more interested in keeping man made rules and traditions than they are in winning souls for Christ. Jesus and the early church fought against it (Colossians 2:6-20), we must do the same and look up to Christ alone who is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

II.  Leadership: Leadership in the church like in any nation, institution or organization is the measure of growth. If the people in leadership are not committed to the course, chances are that the church will be unprogressive and backward. Uncommitted leadership could be characterized by lack of vision which results to wrong priorities, hypocrisy as exposed by Jesus in Matthew 23 where the religious leaders do not practice what they teach (Cf Jeremiah 23:1-3). But where there is visionary and dynamic leadership, you find a healthy and very optimistic church.

III. Competition: This is as old as human history. It is seen in the life of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4), Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37ff) and many more. Competition can be healthy or unhealthy. It can build or destroy. The unhealthy competition drives people on the path of jealousy and envy that only leads to despair and destruction. The spirit of pride and conceit also comes into play. To enjoy healthy relationships and positive church growth we must embrace a humble attitude that values and cares for those around us (Philippians 2:3-4).

As a church it is important we ask what barriers are blocking the waves God wants to send our way. What obstacles and hindrances are preventing our desired growth from happening? Looking at our strategic plan here in Lavington Church; it is clear that our goal is to develop faith – based communities that grow in the knowledge of God in preparation for the fulfillment of his will here on earth. This is a call to all of us to re-examine our commitment to God's work – the Great Commandment Matthew 22:34-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and prayerfully with all faithfulness make the necessary adjustment. Have a healthy week ahead.

 

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