Growing a Joyous Church – By Charles Richard Roberts
A decline in the number and percentage of church members participating in worship and fellowship in many Christian churches has resulted in serious problems for many sectors of the contemporary church. In many local congregations an erosion of participation has created conflict, confusion, and disappointment to faithful members of the church, and anguish for pastors and lay leaders who seek desperately to provide ministry to dwindling congregations.
A joyous church can grow only in an environment of love, faithfulness and Christian fellowship. The reader of this book will find that Christian fellowship is built upon three basic tenets of biblical faith and practice, namely a Covenant Relationship with God, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit.
This book was written as a Bible study for individual reading, but it is readily adaptable for use in group Bible study. Extensive references to Holy Scripture are provided to benefit the serious reader. The subject matter of this book is God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and the role of each in growing a joyous church.
Charles Richard Roberts
A native of Georgia, Roberts is a semi-retired pastor, educator and cattleman. He was educated at Anderson University, Furman University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Nova Southeastern University. He is married to Charlotte Beaty, and they have three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He has served as pastor of churches in New York, Indiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and he has served as an administrator at Anderson University.