Dead Church in Need of Revival
Autopsy of a Deceased Church
•Treating the past as the hero;
• Refusing to adapt to the needs of the present community;
• Moving the focus of the budget inward;
•Allowing the Great Commission to become the Great Omission;
• Letting the church become preference-driven out of selfishness and personal agendas;
• Seeing the tenure of the pastors decreasing;
• Failing to have regular, corporate prayer;
• Having no clear purpose or vision; and
• Obsessing over the facilities.
“When Does My Church Need Revival?” Stevan Manley
Six tell-tale signs of a church standing at death’s door:
- The church is plagued with disagreements.
- The preaching is ineffective.
- Few can remember when a person was last saved.
- God’s supernatural power is never seen.
- God is not praised regularly.
- No one is being called into God’s work. (Herald)
Five Marks of a Dead Church – Charles Swindoll
- A dead church worships its past.
- A dead church is inflexible and resistant to change.
- A dead church often has carnal and lazy leadership.
- A dead church neglects children and youth.
- A dead church lacks evangelistic and missionary zeal.
1. The City (3:1a)
2. The Correspondent, Jesus Christ, the Judge (3:1b)
3. The Church (3:1c)
- Holy Spirit
- Spiritual Leaders (Preaching Word)
4. The Concern (3:2-3)
5. The Commands (3:2-3)
Command 1: “Be Alert-Wake Up!”
Command 2: “Strengthen What Remains”
Command 3: “Remember What You Have Received and Heard”
Command 4: “Keep It”
Command 5: “Repent”
6. The Commendation and Confession (3:4-6)