June 11, 2000
Volume 10, Number 24

How would you Measure the Strength of this Church?

The strength of the church should not be determined by the size of the membership. Being large or small in number does not automatically insure spiritual strength.
Neither should the strength of the church be measured by the reputation of the church in the community. The church might enjoy the favor of some people because the church tolerates wickedness or false doctrine. Conversely, the church might be very unpopular with religious neighbors because of a faithful, uncompromising stand for correct doctrine. Therefore, the "image" of the church is not, within itself, a safe measurement of the strength of the church.

Four Ways to Measure The Strength of The Church

The church should be measured by the people's attitude toward Jesus. He is "Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:36). Does the church obey him as the Lord? Is he praised as the Savior? Is he honored as the living, reigning King? The church should be measured by the people's attitude toward sin. Christians are to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:11).

The church should be measured this way. Does the church "talk" righteousness but "walk" in unrighteousness? Does the church take a firm stand against the wickedness of the world? Is sinful living ignored and tolerated within the church?

The church should be measured by the people's attitude toward sinners. Jesus commanded, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . . " (Matthew 28:19). The church is to teach the gospel to all men. So, measure the church by our efforts to fulfill this God-given responsibility. Are we really concerned about people who are not saved?

The church should be measured by the people's attitude toward the Bible. Paul declared the scriptures are "profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). So, the strength of the church is to be determined by asking. "Is the Bible taken as the final authority in all spiritual matters? Is it taught faithfully in every class and sermon? Does the church 'contend earnestly for the faith' (Jude 3)?"

David Sain

Building Blocks of the Faithful Christian Life

Prayer! "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16) "Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications." (Psalms 28:6)

Bible study! "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth ...These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." (2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11)

Faithfulness to attend services of the church! "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." (Hebrews 10:24-26)

Giving as you have been prospered! "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come … But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver." (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7)

Teaching the lost! "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:15-16)

Thinking on the good! "Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)

Helping others! "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2)

Allen Ashlock

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000
We will be leaving for camp following services.
Theme: "Victory in Jesus"

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Remember in Prayers:

Cathy Jenson - Betty Dougan - Francis Leavens -

Arlene Carnahan - Leslie Johnson -

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier



Building Program: If you haven’t already done so—be sure to check the bulletin board in the foyer to see the preliminary drawings from the engineers and the architect.. We will be adding 85 paved parking places and also are looking at making some architectural changes to the building. These would include closing in and widening the front porch to form a new entry into the building and building a covered driveway onto the front of the building. - click here.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Inspiration of the Bible" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 14. (6:30 pm)

Sunday’s Lessons:

"The Power of Prayer" (Daniel 9:19)

"To Be Announced" ()

“What you worship determines what you become

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Larry Jenson



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

Jim Dougan


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Dougan


Larry Jenson

Our Record - Last Week


Carl Rigney

Closing Prayer:

Kerry Keathley



$ 1334.77
Delbert Leavens
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Carl Rigney
James Bowman
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1656.38

Wayne Vowell

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