What “Church Growth” is Really About

by Ruth Greenereally serious stuff

The concern of many pastors has become quantity rather than quality. Rightly dividing the Word of Elohim [‘God’, YHWH] and helping each member of the body of believers to build a relationship with YHWH is the real task at hand for all the gathering of Messiah. Many “church-goers” have become accustomed to the idea of following a man that represents himself as a pastor and allowing that man to dispense all the spiritual food while doing nothing else for themselves in a spiritual way. (“What is God’s Church?“; “What Does Your Church Teach About Satan the Destroyer?“)

baby-Christian-wBusiness has the idea that the “church” is all about making money and performance in numbers, like a multi-level marketing plan. This does not follow the model of the first century gathering or serve real spiritual needs and growth. This mindset is part of a worldly corporate ‘church’. The design is that the entire body is to build one another up as each member builds their faith and trust, learning to imitate Yahshua [Jesus] our Messiah in love just as He loved us. (“Mind Control of the Beast“; “The Man of Lawlessness“; “Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“)

roman-battlement-smThis might seem awkward because the body of Messiah is to depend on each other instead of a single person. This means real caring for other members and active involvement within the body in personal battles against wickedness. The function of any professed leader in the body of Messiah is to point the body to the purpose of Yahshua [Jesus], not lead them after himself as a person. (“Giving to Others While Trusting in YHWH for Your Needs“; “Love Promotes Healthy Giving“; “Breaking Strongholds of False Authority“)

mega churchIf you want to increase membership, all you need to do is preach popular messages on the pulpit that tickle the ears and mix the psychology of man with the gospel. The Word of YHWH must be presented in a balanced way. The body of Messiah, by honestly supplying spiritual food and support set themselves apart to enter through the narrow gate of Matthew 7:14. In this way, YHWH sets His people apart for His special dedicated service. (Hebrews 10:29; 13:12). The Word of Elohim inspires and motivates in love when presented with YHWH’s love. (“Shining Love Toward Others in Righteousness“; “YHWH: The Choice to Stay Loyal“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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