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The Marks of a Healthy Church

Bob Corbin & Family Bible Church

What does a healthy church look like? What does God's Word declare regarding some of the marks of a Healthy Church? Join us as consider this assessment of God's Word and consider how we as a local assembly are measuring up to the standard of God. This message was taught at Family Bible Church located in Martinez, GA in 2022.

10 Real Life in Christ
Jun 26 2022
10 Real Life in Christ
[* We are near the end of our message series - "The Marks of a Healthy Church". We are adding a message on Evangelism next week, which will conclude the series after 11 weeks. In this series we are looking at various passages in the Bible to draw out and apply things that characterize a healthy church, including who and what we are as a healthy church and what a healthy church does. In the last three weeks we have looked at these: Diversity of the church in 1 Corinthians 12, where the "Body" analogy illustrated how God places each person in the "Body" of Christ as God sees fit and for the overall good of the body; the Excellency of the church from 1 Corinthians 13-14, seeing that God gives those within the church a desire to glorify God through the unity of the church, revealing the love and mind of Christ in elevating each person's love of others above love of self; and from 2 Corinthians 8-9 the Stewardship of time, abilities, and wealth in service of Christ, where our use of what we have combined with the exceeding grace of God furthers His kingdom and leads to the outpouring of thankfulness by God's people, bringing glory to God. * Today we take a look at what the writer of Hebrews said about healthy believers. Prior to chapter 10 of Hebrews, the writer has made many key points about Jesus, including these: Jesus is greater than the angels; Jesus is greater than Moses; Jesus is greater than the Jewish High Priest; Jesus' priesthood is greater than the Levitical priesthood; Jesus has a more excellent ministry; and Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant, the New Covenant. Today we look at the first set of exhortations the writer gives to believers after he has introduced and covered the New Covenant. * Healthy believers lead to healthy churches, and healthy churches help individuals to be healthy believers. * This message was presented on June 26, 2022 by David Hayes.
07 The Diversity of the Church
Jun 5 2022
07 The Diversity of the Church
[* We are considering "The Marks of a Healthy Church." Over the past two weeks, we began focusing upon the Unity of the Church. * First we saw that Paul's teaching on unity was based upon the exhortation that he gave in verse1: that believers should "walk worthy of the calling with which we were called." This "calling" was to be conformed to the image of Christ. Christ's desire for His followers were for them to be one in order that the world might know that He and the Father were one. Hence, as we are conformed to the image of Christ, we will demonstrate His desires for the assembly. That desire for unity will be revealed in our conduct and reflected in our doctrine. * Last week we saw how our call to be conformed to the image of Christ should be the common goal of the body of Christ. Jesus prayed for His followers to be made perfect in oneness. Hence, the desire - collectively - to be conformed to the image of Christ is THE mark of perfection to which we should strive toward and be participating in. That is best accomplished when the body is functioning synergistically. * As we saw last week, God worked out the process by which the church can/should accomplish this goal - 1) The Lord Endows the Body; 2) The Leaders Equip the Body; and 3) The Members Edify the Body. Today, we want to continue to examine this process through a consideration of Paul's teaching to the church of Corinth. * This message was presented on June 5, 2022 by Bob Corbin.
06 The Synergy of the Church
May 29 2022
06 The Synergy of the Church
[* As we are considering "The Marks of a Healthy Church" ... last week we began a four-part consideration of the unity of the church, looking specifically at Ephesians 4:1-16 and 1 Corinthians 12-14. * The teaching of Paul in Ephesians 4 was based upon the exhortation that he gave in verse1: that believers should "walk worthy of the calling with which we were called." This "calling" was to be conformed to the image of Christ. That is why Paul exhorted the Roman believers to offer their bodies as living sacrifices - not being conformed to the world but rather be transformed in the renewing of their minds ... that they might have the mind of Christ ... proving what is the good, acceptable, perfect will of God! * This calling, and desire, to be conformed into the image of Christ will have a unifying impact in our individual lives and as we interact with other believers within the church. This call to be conformed to the image of Christ will be revealed in our desire for unity in our conduct with others (through humility, patience, and commitment) and reflected in our desire for unity within our doctrine. * As we continue in this teaching, we see that it is actually the joint conformance of the church (as the body of Christ) to His image that is our collective calling! We have koinonia - a common bond - with one another because of our koinonia with Christ. This common bond * Today, we see how our call to be conformed to the image of Christ should be the common goal of the body of Christ. It is THE mark of perfection to which we collectively should strive toward and be participating in. One of the chief marks of a truly healthy church is the level of synergism displayed within the assembly. * Synergy - "the interaction or cooperation of two or more agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects." (Oxford Dictionary) * This message was presented on May 29, 2022 by Bob Corbin.
05 The Unity of the Church
May 22 2022
05 The Unity of the Church
[* We are in the midst of a series considering "The Marks of a Healthy Church." * Over the past two weeks, we have considered the two passages where Jesus specifically refers to "the church" as He was preparing His followers to continue the work after His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. * There is another passage in which Jesus specifically refers to the church without using the term. In His prayer to the Father - recorded in John 17 - Jesus specifically makes a request to the Father on behalf of those who would believe based upon the testimony of His disciples. Specifically, He asked the Father that we might be one as He and the Father were One. This desire for the Unity of His followers was critical for their message to be heard ... "that the world may believe that You sent Me." In fact, He states that it is this unity that would mark the "perfection" - full maturation - of the church. * With this desire of Christ in mind, we want to spend four weeks examining this critical element of a Healthy Church. * During the first two weeks of this series, we saw from Acts 2 and Acts 4 that the early church "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" ... and ... "Continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart ..." * Two weeks ago, I mentioned four major areas in which the church functions - Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, and Stewardship. Worship is our adoration and praise to God for who He is and what He has done. Discipleship is the process of training, and equipping, others in teachings of our Messiah (this includes 'evangelism' which is many times separated into its own category). Fellowship, as David discussed last week, is our association with one another in a common venture - and that venture is serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Stewardship is the conducting, supervising, or managing of something entrusted to one's care. These four areas are blended together in the many ministries of the church. We will see that this is specifically true when considering the overarching subject of Unity. * Lord willing, over the next four weeks we will examine Ephesians 4:1-16 and 1 Corinthians 12-14 ... considering The Unity of the Church, The Synergy of the Church, The Diversity of the Church, and The Excellency of the Church. Though we will consider them as in parallel, in reality the final three would be subpoints under a title of "The Expression of Unity." * This message was presented on May 22, 2022 by Bob Corbin.
04 Discipleship and Discipline in a Healthy Church
May 15 2022
04 Discipleship and Discipline in a Healthy Church
[* This is week #4 in our sermon series entitled 'Marks of a Healthy Church' in which we are using selected passages from God's Word to explore the "four ships" or "armada" of the church: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship and Stewardship. Those four pillars support everything that characterizes a healthy, impactful and God-honoring church. * David Hayes got us started with a 2-week examination of the building blocks of the church by using key passages in Acts 2 and Acts 4 about the early church. This provided a great reminder that the church does not need to reinvent itself to align with the culture. Rather, we need to rely on God's Word to provide all that we need to function effectively in this increasingly chaotic, God-rejecting and Biblically-illiterate world in which we live. * Then last week, Pastor Bob took us back a step to consider the foundation of those 4 pillars, and of the church itself, as we looked at Jesus' vitally important question in Matthew 16, "Who do you say that I am?". For without a proper understanding of WHO Jesus is, and what He accomplished through the cross and His resurrection, the church has no basis for having any value or impact on the world today (see 1 Cor. 15:1-19) * And now, this morning, we want to take some time to focus on just one of those “ships” or "pillars", namely Discipleship. We'll start by looking at the nature of true discipleship, and then take a look at what I believe is one of the too often neglected disciplines of discipleship, namely how we deal with sin in the church. In other words, the discipline of church discipline. I'll then share a few thoughts about the power behind effective discipleship and church discipline, before wrapping things up by talking about how we can apply what we learn this morning in the context of Jesus' Great Commission of Matthew 28. * This message was presented on May 15, 2022 by Chuck Sabo.
03 Who do you say that I am?
May 8 2022
03 Who do you say that I am?
[* Two weeks ago we began considering "The Marks of a Healthy Church." * We began the series where most people would consider the "Beginning of the Church" - Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost. We continued on into chapter 4 because of the similar building blocks which were evidenced in the early church. * In my own mind, I have seen four major areas in which the church functions - which I have referred to as "The Armada of the Church." The Four 'Ships' of the Church are: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, and Stewardship. Worship is our adoration and praise to God for who He is and what He has done. Discipleship is the process of training, and equipping, others in teachings of our Messiah (this includes 'evangelism' which is many times separated into its own category). Fellowship, as David discussed last week, is our association with one another in a common venture - and that venture is serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Stewardship is the conducting, supervising, or managing of something entrusted to one's care. * In the first message, David presented that the foundation of the church is the Messiah, Jesus. As Paul stated to the Corinthians: "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Cor 3:11) He then went on to share some of the building blocks that were placed upon that foundation. * Today, we want to drop back - in a sense - to the teachings of Jesus Himself in order to see what He declared regarding this new work, or dispensation, which was about to begin after His death, burial and resurrection. * This message was presented on May 8, 2022 by Bob Corbin.
02 Prayer and Fellowship
May 1 2022
02 Prayer and Fellowship
* Last week we started a new message series - “The Marks of a Healthy Church”. In this 10 week series we are looking at eight passages in the Bible to draw out and apply things that characterize a healthy church, including who and what we are as a healthy church and what a healthy church does. These passages include examining the example of the first church, what Jesus said about the church, what Paul said about the church, and what the writer of Hebrews said about healthy believers. * In the book of Acts we have great detail about how the first church (in Jerusalem) exploded from 120 followers of Christ to over 3000 and then to many thousands. Last week, in Acts 2, we covered a list of building blocks that contribute to the foundation of a healthy church. These included genuine conversion (characterized by conviction of sin, repentance, and receiving God's word); baptism by immersion as a public step of obedience and identifying with Jesus Christ (coming after faith in Christ, not before, and symbolizing what has happened spiritually to you as a new follower of Jesus); continuing steadfastly in God's word, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer; praising God; and growing, which can be either and both numerical and spiritual - the former an increase in number of followers of Christ, the latter in each person growing in spiritual maturity. * Today we take a deep dive into prayer and fellowship from the example of the church in Acts 4. * Healthy believers lead to healthy churches, and healthy churches help individuals to be healthy believers. * This message was presented on May 1, 2022 by David Hayes.
01 Foundation of a Healthy Church
Apr 24 2022
01 Foundation of a Healthy Church
* Today we start a new message series - “The Marks of a Healthy Church”. Over the next 10 weeks we are going to look at eight passages in the Bible to draw out and apply things that characterize a healthy church, including who and what we are as a healthy church and what a healthy church does. These passages will include examining the example of the first church, what Jesus said about the church, what Paul said about the church, and what the writer of Hebrews said about healthy believers. * In the book of Acts we have great detail about how the first church (in Jerusalem) exploded from 120 followers of Christ to over 3000 and then to many thousands. Today, in Acts 2, we will see a list of building blocks that contribute to the foundation of a healthy church. These will be drawn from the example of that first church, as it grew from 120 people to approximately 3120 people – in a single day! Next week we will further develop a few of these building blocks from Acts 4. * The purpose of this series is to help us, as individuals and as a church, to pursue being and remaining a healthy church, in order that Christ as head of the church will be honored and in order that God will be glorified in and by and through us. If we don't know what a healthy church is, or if we forget, then we are aimless and unlikely to be or remain a healthy church. * Healthy believers lead to healthy churches, and healthy churches help individuals to be healthy believers. * This message was presented on April 24, 2022 by David Hayes.