HOW TO COUNT
1. Cereal ad – Tony the Tiger says, “Great!”
2. Ephesians 6:10 – Be strong in the Lord, power of His might.
Some standards to count greatness are improper:
1. Count noses
a. Gideon did more with 300 than 32,000
b. Matthew 7:21-22
c. Matthew 7:13-14
2. Count money
a. Many groups have big budgets – do little with that money
b. Remember Jim Bakker and the PTL TV program?
c. Remember Jimmy Swaggert?
d. Mark 12:41-44 Widow’s mite
e. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
3. Count celebrities
a. Seek just the rich, famous, movie stars, politians
b. Seek business owners, doctors, lawyers
c. Remember – 1 Corinthians 1:25-29 – not many mighty are called
d. Nothing wrong with teaching rich or famous – teach the lowly also
4. Count our blessings
a. We must be right – we have been blessed.
b. We don’t have any financial troubles
c. Some preach a “health and wealth” gospel
Greatness is a growth process, not a gift.
A great church has:
1. Truly converted Christians
2. Giving and forgiving people
3. Loyalty to Christ, Bible
4. A willingness to work
5. A love for each other and the lost
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