Super Lungs: What Makes a Church Healthy: Part 4

Cran_odor_eaters A HEALTHY CHURCH BREATHES DEEPLY

The lungs of a healthy church are full and unblemished because of the indwelling, life-giving breath of the Spirit (Genesis 2:7). As we spend intimate time with God the Holy Spirit takes away our frail, spiritual narrowness and our religious constrictions are loosened (Hosea 6:1-2).  Our asthmatic souls are opened by the presence of God (Psalm 42:1; Matthew 11:29).  As a community consumes God’s Word and practices a deepening life of prayer, the Spirit releases limitations and introduces new altitudes (Psalm 18:33).  A breathing church is commissioned to engage dying, polluted environments with the reviving, refreshing life of Jesus (John 20:22). A healthy church doesn’t gasp.  A healthy church breathes deeply.  

This is the fourth part of a series of posts exploring the essential elements that must exist in order for a church to be considered healthy. This material stems from an assignment I completed for my most recent course at ACTS: "Developing a Healthy Church."

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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