The Basics of a growing Church

The story is told of Vince Lombardi, the coach for the Green Bay Packers whose integrity, drive and enthusiasm for football was legendary. He was always stressing the fundamentals of the game. No razzle dazzle just hard nosed blocking and tackling. Inspite of all that Green Bay lost to an extremely inferior team. He met them the next morning and as only Coach Lombadi could do confronted them with the issue at hand. Standing before the players he declared, "Gentlemen this is a football." It did the trick on the field and more importantly in the locker room. It's called getting back to basics.

We in the church need to get back to basics. All the programming and organizational techniques won't get the job done. We need to adhere to some basic principles. Here they are as I see them.

We need to preach the Word - Both the pulpit and pew need to resound with the basic message of God's love. It must be evident not only in what we say but in what we do; not only in what we profess but in what we possess!

We need to Pray without ceasing - Prayer shaould frequent everything we do. The lost need to be saved, the believer needs to be sanctified and the church needs to be revived. Prayer will do it when nothing else cam!

We need to give with diligence - Remember the furtherance of the local church depends on what you do. Give cheerfully and sacrificially. God will bless you for what you!

We need to attend with regularity - Sporadic attendance cripples the church. It's effetiveness is marked by entusiastic Christ-like people making their way to the house of God. Join us each service You'll be glad you did!

Just maybe getting back to these basic principles
can precipitate a revival among us.

Rev. W. Scott Lockard
©2003 Pastor Lockard's Living on the Bright side Ministries