Some years ago, I wrote a book entitled, Discipled Warriors. My goal in that book was to help churches produce disciples whose godly lives threaten the enemy. I also addressed the six purposes of the church – worship, evangelism, discipleship, ministry, prayer, and fellowship – while describing how the enemy attacks the church in each of these areas.
Use this checklist to evaluate where the enemy may be winning in your church today:
- Worship. The enemy wants your church to turn worship inwardly – to focus more on the worshipers than the One being worshiped.
- Is your church battling over worship styles?
- Is your service more focused on people gathering away from the world or on people going to the world as a result of worshiping God?
- Evangelism. The enemy wants your folks to avoid evangelism completely.
- What percentage of your members really believe that all non-believers are lost?
- What percentage of your members know the gospel and are sharing it?
- Discipleship. The enemy doesn’t want anyone to be discipled through your church. He particularly doesn’t want anyone putting on the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11).
- Do your members live more like Jesus or more like the devil?
- Does your church have a clear, intentional process for growing believers into Christian maturity? If not, you’re sending them into the war unarmed – and they will lose.
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