What we might be tempted to struggle with is getting ahead of what God is doing, in order to push the process ahead of schedule.
If we are sure that we are doing the right things, we need to allow God to work in His time.
We should be interested in growth, not mesmerized by it. Who wouldn't want to see an increase in numbers and budgets.
We need to be sure that our interpretive methods of Scripture will lead us to and not misrepresent the intention of the text.
The book of Acts does speak of growth in members of the church. "Daily Christ added to the church." The biblical purposes that God designed the church to fulfill.
Thus we need a right view of the message and the method in which to model that message.
In our desire to see Christ bring His own to Himself in our church, we need to model a local church ministry that reflects a Biblical Model.
Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant – Rivers of Joy Baptist Church - 2008