Yep, thats right EVERY CHURCH despite its size has ISSUES! Being part of a
GROWING CHURCH brings with it some unique challenges. Think about the early
church in the BOOK OF ACTS. They were experiencing EXPLOSIVE GROWTH which
led to CHURCH COMPLAINTS!

Acts 6:1-4, "6 But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were
rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the
Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being
discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve
called a meeting of all the believers. They said, "We apostles should spend
our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. 3 And so,
brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the
Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. 4 Then we
apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word." NLT

Don't miss what's actually going on here. The APOSTLES were all about
making sure the PHYSICAL NEEDS of the church were being addressed and met,
but not by the CHURCH LEADERS and especially not at the expense of
NEGLECTING THE TEACHING OF GODS WORD and PRAYER.

So what did they do to solve the problem? What was the key to keeping the
church growing forward and healthy? It was RAISING UP VOLUNTEERS! They went
and found people to step into the MINISTRY to do what those people were
called and gifted to do, so that the apostles could do what they were
called and gifted to do. This is BIBLICAL and it is one of the keys to
keeping our churches GROWING FORWARD and HEALTHY!

1 Corinthians 12:7, "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help
each other." NLT

I truly believe that churches have everything they need AND everyone they
need to do what they are called to do at this present moment!

The APOSTLES could have really STUNTED the GROWTH and HEALTH of the church
if they had what I will call the SUPERMAN COMPLEX! SUPERMAN COMPLEX LEADERS
think they are self-sufficient, they have all they help they need, they
don't need anyone else, and that they have no inadequacies. At then end of
the day its called PRIDE and its a sin against the BODY OF CHRIST, THE
CHURCH, and its one of the hardest things for leaders to see and be honest
about.

So what do we do? How what are some steps on how we can GROW FORWARD and
STAY HEALTHY? I'll share some thoughts in my NEXT POST.

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