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In Search of the Perfect Church

Ephesians 5:27

How many of us have seen programs that are “in search of” something.  Do they exist?  Are they real? Is there such a thing?  So it is in the church.

I’ve known people who are searching for the perfect mate, friend, job, restaurant, vacation, investment, house, or car.  They have been met with disappointment, delusion, and dissatisfaction.  So it is in the church.

Sometimes people’s standards or expectations of perfection are absolutely unrealistic; therefore, they rob themselves of the joy of something. So it is in the church.

When you find the perfect church, don’t join it because then you make it imperfect.

TRUTH:  You want to know what makes the church perfect?  It is not the pastor, elders, deacons, building, parking lot, programs, or people. It’s our perfect Savior, Lord, King, and God named Jesus.

            I. (Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:25)  How many people before the early church were perfect?

  • Acts 5                         Ananias and Sapphira– Liars
  • 1 Corinthians 5           Sexual immorality – stepmother
  • 2 Timothy 4                Apostasy, backslider, deserter – Demas
  • 2 Timothy 4                Mean, ugly, and evil Christian – Alexander
  • Acts 6                         Conflict, strife, murmur, complainers – widows
  • 1 Corinthians 3           Favoritism and immaturity
  • 1 Corinthians 6:6        Brothers, sisters fighting
  • Acts 15                       Disputing, arguing
  • Acts 36                       Separation, non-agreement
  • Galatians                     Legalism, foods, dress

           II. (Romans 12:4, 5, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 18, Ephesians 2:19, Hebrews 10:25) So

     many times we can be part of something but not be part of something.  Positional

     but  functioning.

      A.  Describe your mark, positional right or functional wrong.

            1.  Ask the question, do I have to go to church to go to Heaven?  No, but until

                 you do you are homeless.  God has joined you to a church.

            2.  If there is inconsistency, unpredictability, irregularity, and changeableness.

`           3.  If we can’t see what you did.

            4.  If we can’t use you as the church.

 

         III.   Are there signs of an unhealthy Christian or church?  How do we stop the

                 “nonfunctioning”  Christian in church?

                 A.  Church hoppers Disease:

                        1.  Go from one church to another.

                        2.  Stay as long as everything is good.

                  B.  Television Christian Disease:

                        1.   Watching, but that’s not church.

                  C.  Celebrity Church Disease:

                        1.  Expect others to wait on them.

                        2.  Expect others to serve them.

                  D.  Consumer Christian Disease

                        1.  Take, devour, consume.

                  E.  Warehouse Christian Disease:

                        1.  Store it.

                        2.  Give it away.

                  F.   Long Ranger Christian Disease:

                        1.  Independence and interdependence.

                  G.  Cliquish Christian Disease:

                        1.  We have no unsaved friends.

                        2.  We have no new friends.

                        3.  We don’t socialize with different people.

                 H.   Hospital Christian Disease:

                        1.  No one healed, whole, or delivered.

                        2.  No one overcomes, has victories or triumphs.

                  I.   Universal Studio Christian disease

                        1.  Fake, phony, and pretense.

                 J.    (Philippians 3:10) Ritualistic Religious Disease:

                        1.  Everything is hard, difficult, and a chore.

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