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THE TROUBLE WITH THE CHURCH IS…. Amos 5:21-24 Isaiah 1:10-20. The Joy of Fellowship. When we complain about “the church” we sometimes get carried away. A family – warts and all. Yes, every congregation could stand some improvements.

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The trouble with the church is

THE TROUBLE WITH THE CHURCH IS…

Amos 5:21-24

Isaiah 1:10-20


The joy of fellowship

The Joy of Fellowship

  • When we complain about “the church” we sometimes get carried away.

  • A family – warts and all.

  • Yes, every congregation could stand some improvements.

  • But there are soooo many great people, and we accomplish many things.

  • Some areas of concern:


1 formalism

1. Formalism

  • Again, don’t get carried away. Everything takes a “form”.

  • A “spontaneous” action, repeated, is formalism.

  • But too many things are objected to because, “We’ve never done that before”.

  • Can we sing the descant to songs? What if it’s not suggested in the song?

  • Our “picture board” is a mark of “liberalism”.


How far do we go

How Far Do We Go?

  • “But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner” (I Cor. 14:40).

  • Professional preachers – to avoid embarrassing moments. Do we go to professional song leaders? Pray leaders?

  • Freedom to express our heart to God

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 vs. Rom. 12:18

  • Bible class teachers don’t have to follow “the book” (prepared material) mindlessly.


2 failure refusal to view things in a redemptive context

2. Failure (Refusal) To View Things in a Redemptive Context

  • Part of our “job” is to save the lost.

  • Luke 19:10; I Cor. 9:22; I Tim. 6:4

  • Human nature is to focus too much on blame, and not solutions.

  • “HOW CAN I HELP?”

  • John 8:1 – the pharisees, the woman and Jesus. “Now What?”

  • Acts 8 – Peter and Simon – “Can you believe that Simon?”

  • Now What?


The trouble with the church is

  • Our job isn’t, primarily, to judge or blame.

  • Our job is to help. Teach. Save.

  • Jesus established a wonderful church. Men complicate it.

  • We always have. But it’s still “the church.” My family.


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