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Becoming a great church

What does God want the church to be and to do? How does the church fit into God’s plan? What does he want the church to accomplish during our time on planet earth? The answer to these questions focuses on the nature and purpose of the church.

As I began my ministry at First Central Baptist Church in September 2012, I preached a three-week series on “Becoming a great church.” We focused on three key passages of Scripture that describes the nature and purpose of the church. These passages express my convictions about what the local church should be and do.

To listen to the sermons in this series, click on the link for the audio file. To save the sermon to your computer, right click on the link and then follow the prompts to “save target as” (Internet Explorer) or “save link as” (Firefox).

  • “Becoming a community of faith” is an exposition of Acts 2:42-47 (September 9, 2012)
  • “Becoming an equipping center” is an exposition of Ephesians 4:11-16 (September 16, 2012)
  • “Core values of an effective church” combines two topics into one message. The first half, “Becoming a sending church” is an exposition of Acts 13-14. In the second half of the message, I synthesized Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:11-16; and Acts 13-14 and summarized the “Core values of an effective church” (September 23, 2012). It provided a summary for the three-week series.

Doug McVeigh's logoDuring September – October 2013, I revisited the question of “What makes a church great?” This time, I answered the question by using a phrase I borrowed from Rick Warren. “A great commitment to the great commandment and the great commission makes a great church.” This is a six-week series, though two of the messages were given by FCBC missionaries.

To listen to the sermons in this series, click on the link for the audio file. To save the sermon to your computer, right click on the link and then follow the prompts to “save target as” (Internet Explorer) or “save link as” (Firefox).

 

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