Don’t think the Evangelical church is i trouble in the US? Consider these statistics:
• The number of people in America that Do Not attend church has doubled in the past 15 years.
• 50% of churches last year did not add one new person being saved
• Only 15% of churches in the United States are growing
• Just over 2% of churches grow because of new salvations
In the era of Mega-churches most believing churches are slowly dying. Why are some exploding while other shrivel? I can answer this quesrtion best with an illustration from today’s sermon.
In Mark 2:13-17 Jesus calls Levi to follow Him and become His disciple. Levi does, leaving his job, his neighborhood, financial security all to follow the Lord.
The next time we see Levi he has invited Jesus and His disciples over for dinner but he also invited his friends over. The Bible calls them nortorius sinners. The religious people couldn’t believe Jesus would eat with such scum. Jesus replied that He didn’t come for those who think they are righteous but those who know they are sinners.
Levi understood what the Pharasees didn’t. From the moment we become followers of Jesus we must be inviting others to meet Him. if we want God’s presence with us we must invite the people He wants to be around. Sinners.
No new converts, none of God’s favor upon our churches.