Everyone at Your Church Meeting

People will support the church that meets the needs in their lives or touches the needs and lives of their loved ones. Not only must the church meet the needs, but it must also meet the needs when they occur.


The church that can meet a person's specific need when it occurs will have the best chance of reaching that person for Christ.


There are two kinds of needs: felt needs and real needs. Sometimes the felt needs are not real needs, or the real needs are not felt by a person. The church must meet those needs, sometimes pointing out the real need in the person's life so that it becomes a felt need. Other times the felt need must be met first in order to discover the real need. Therefore, the church must meet both felt and real needs.


How can that best be done? By encouraging church members to use their Spiritual Gifts to meet the needs of non-believers in the community.


For every need in the life of an unsaved person, there is a spiritual gift that helps reach that person for Christ.


When the lost receive Christ, there are still needs to meet. The people of your church can come to the rescue, meeting those needs through the spiritual gifts God gave for that purpose. For only a church that is effectively fulfilling its God-given purpose can effectively minister to the needs of its community and members.


When people talk of Team building in the church, much of the emphasis is put on "ministry teams." This is good, but there is another larger "ministry Team" in the church with even greater potential—the local church itself.


A healthy church meets the needs of its members and reaches out to the community it serves. A healthy church is balanced as Paul spells out in Ephesians 4:16, "From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." A healthy church grows (increases in numbers by reaching people for Christ) and edifies or builds itself up (ministers to the needs within its own body). A healthy church ministers outside the body and to the body from within the body. A healthy church balances its ministry with the gifts God has given it.


God has given us spiritual gifts to balance the church and to meet needs.

Dr. Larry Gilbert

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