Living Word Tabernacle



How does the church grow?  Is it bigger facilities, modern equipment, more youth activities, church programs and modern music that people enjoy?  Or is it creating a vision for bigger crowds by adding more numbers to the church, is that the way to grow the church?

Those things never really have had a greater SPIRITUAL effect on God’s people.  If that was the criteria for growing a church, then the poor countries in Africa would not be very spiritual and we in America with our prosperity would have a spiritual advantage.  When the church prospers in those ways, it aways begins to suffer spiritually.


…the great prosperity of the church, we've built new buildings; we've been in big programs; we've done everything big that could be done; and trying to compare with the Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic, getting more members in all the time. I wonder if our big program, if we haven't went off without Him in our excitement. - WMB

Unquote: The true Church grows the same as the individual Christian.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This was the subject Wednesday at LWT - “How Does The Church Grow.” Archived below and at our church website –

Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri USA - Our services are archived at


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