The Ingredients of a Great Church, Part 1 – Northwest Bible Church

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The Ingredients Of A Great Church (2)

Sunday, March 03, 2019

The Ingredients of a Great Church, Part 1

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

What makes a church a good church? And then what does it take to make a good church great? We often use the phrase “go to church,” but in reality, as Christians, you and I were called to be the church. So what does that look like? What characteristics should make up those who Christ called “My church”… what does Jesus want His church to look like? It’s not just a building. It’s not just a ministry program. And it’s not just on Sunday morning. In this series, we examine the characteristics Jesus wants His church to live out every day.

Fill-in Notes

Key Scripture

2 Timothy 1:16–18

The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.

Take Away / Application

Two key ingredients to being a great church are commitment and compassion.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. The ingredients of a great church…how do you define church? How does the Bible define church? (Biblically investigate this as a Group). Do the Bible’s description and your description matchup?
  2. Pastor Harrell shared two ingredients of a great church, commitment and compassion. Which one of those comes easier to you? Why?
  3. Which quality of commitment (see notes) do you need to work on the most? Why?
  4. As you look at the daily pace of your life, schedule, priorities, speech, responses, what are you most committed to? Not what you want to be committed to but what your actions prove you’re committed to?
  5. Read Matthew 5:37. What area of your life do you frequently break your commitment(s)? (Family, friends, church, work, spouse…)
  6. If you are lacking commitment, what’s standing in your way? Is it a heart issue? Fear? Explain.
  7. How does compassion for others circumstances/physical needs coincide with our desire to meet their spiritual needs? How did Jesus address this? (Hint: Under, “Examples of Jesus’ compassion” in your notes, look up the related passages.)
  8. Read Matthew 25:31–40. How can we get to a point in our lives that we model the compassion and the life of Christ?
  9. Onesiphorus is a great example to us, who in your life refreshes you? Describe the importance of this person in your life.


Please pray for personal opportunities to reach out to your local community, neighborhood or city.

Sermon Notes

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Scripture Reference

2 Timothy


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