Skip Bell has identified four congregational patterns that inhibit growth. Perhaps your church has "koinonitis." Or maybe the members are worried about pioneer land rights. No matter what the problem, patterns can be changed, and your church can begin to grow again.
You don't want to be known as a negative preacher coming down hard on sin and making your people feel bad, do you? The world is too full of condemnation and stress as it is. What people need today is an upbeat message that reassures and gives some positive reinforcement to their lives. Here are forty-two tried and proved rules that are guaranteed to keep the sinners in your church comfortable and happy.
Just because "we've always done it that way" doesn't mean that the usual funeral procedure is the most beneficial in all cases. The author gives some convincing arguments for reversing the normal order of service.
While it is true that the New Testament writers placed much emphasis on the "indicatives" of salvation, they also placed equal importance on the "imperatives" commands to participate in the salvation already established.