This week at Imprint Church in Woodinville, we kicked off a 6-week series titled, “Project Church”.
As the church, we are a work in progress. No group of people, making up the church, has it all together. God is working on us collectively to make us what he wants. We get derailed when we do not see a need to be the church. If we don’t see that need, we’ve lost the ability to be healthy. It’s important to understand that the goal for the church is not success but health. Every church should have “health” as a critical part of it’s building blocks.
But what does a health church look like? How would we recognize a healthy church?
As difficult as it is, our Advisory Board and Ministry Leaders have been worked on trying to capture qualities that are present in a healthy church. Those qualities include:
- A Christ-centered ministry
- A welcoming environment
- Authentic experiences
- Authentic experiences
- Joyful expectancy
- Prayer dependence
- Unique fellowship & vulnerability
- Humble submission
- Mutual support
- Mission priority
- Sacrificial giving
Philippians 3 helps us not to run into trouble as a church. In this passage, Paul admits that God is working on him as part of the church. The key is Christ-centeredness to make Jesus, knowing him, our greatest goal. We need to develop a Christ-centered expectancy, one where we know and proclaim:
- The forgiveness of sins (Philippians 3:9)
- The power of new life in us (Philippians 3:10)
- That sufferings and hardships are part of God’s plan (Philippians 3:10)
- That following Jesus is a process (Philippians 3:12-14)
Download the audio podcast of this week’s sermon or watch the sermon video below.
- Read Philippians 3. Talk about some of your observations of the reading and if you know about the letter, talk about the context.
- Before jumping into Philippians, talk about how you would define a healthy church. What are some characteristics that make up a healthy church (both described on Sunday and if there are others you think of)? How can you help make sure that our church is healthy?
- How important is health to the church? We talked about the paradigm of health – momentum – divine moments on Sunday morning. What does that describe?
- Why is Christ-centered ministry and Christ-centered expectancy so important in our lives and in our church? What do those terms mean?
- What does it mean to make Jesus our greatest joy? What does that look like in your life? How do you learn how to do this from the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3?
- How can you make knowing Jesus your ultimate goal in life? What does it mean to “know Christ and the power of His resurrection?”
- Are there some things in your life where you need to say “Jesus is greater than _______”? What are those things and how can Christ be your greatest joy? Pray for one another.
- Have you been baptized yet? If not, why not take the next step and do it? Tell you group leader and they will help you get connected.