It's Church Health Month

From Gary Rohrmayer - President Converge MidAmerica

May is Church Health Month!

We are serious about church health.

Why? Because scripture mandates it.

The Apostle Paul in his letter (actually a field manual) to Titus, who was serving as a regional leader on the island of Crete, charged Titus with the task of strengthening the churches there. He writes, "The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished..." Titus 1:5. Some commentators say that Titus was working with 100 churches or more on the island of Crete.

The phrase 'straighten out' (NIV) - occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. "It means, properly, to make straight upon, and then to put further to rights, to arrange further." (Robinson)

"'Set in order' (NASB) is kind of an interesting Greek word, epidiorthoo. The first two, epiand dio are prepositions. The word orthoo is the word from which we get orthodontics, orthopedics and all of those mean straightening. When you go to the orthodontist, he straightens your teeth. When you go to the orthopedist, he straightens your bones. That's what that means. So what he is saying intensified by two prepositions is 'thoroughly and completely and fully straighten out what still isn't straight.' In ancient times that word was used by secular medical writers for the setting of bones or the straightening of bent limbs. So he says I want you to completely set things straight." (MacArthur)

Titus' commission was to establish and reestablish the foundations of the church in Crete for the purpose of seeing gospel centered churches missionally engaged.

How was Titus to strengthen the churches on the Island of Crete?

  • Appoint leaders in every town (Titus 1:5-16).
  • He was to set forth the qualifications of healthy leaders (vs 5-9) and to deal decisively with the unhealthy ones (vs10-16).
  • Teach sound doctrine throughout the church (Titus 2:1-15).
  • He was to promote healthy thinking as well as healthy living (vs 1-10) which is found in the power and motivation of the gospel (vs 11-14).
  • Remind the people how to live out the gospel in this world (Titus 3:1-14).
  • He reminds them to "be ready to do good" (vs 2); to "be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good" (vs8) and "to learn to devote themselves to doing what is good" (vs 14).

In light of this scriptural foundation we are serious about church health.

In an effort to promote healthy missionally engaged churches we have declared May as Church Health Month.

It is our desire to bring focus to this issue every year by providing the following...

Why May? May is excellent opportunity in a church's ministry calendar to get a pulse on the ministry so that it will have enough time throughout the summer to make plans and strategic moves before their growth thrust in the fall. It is our hope that we can serve you and your church in maintaining a healthy church which is gospel centered and missionally engaged.

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