Louie Giglio shared a message with Passion City Church that I would like to reiterate in this post.
What I find interesting today within the churches (yes little “c”) of the world, is that we forget that we are also part of the Church that Jesus Christ established in His time. The Church that He used the desciples as initial building blocks all the way in Acts chapter 2. If you haven’t read the passage, I suggest you check it out. It’s pretty awesome. The first days of the church, started with 120 people (maybe) and exploded with over 3,000 new members with the first call from Peter.
Peter’s message starts with telling everyone in the crowd…that the disciples aren’t drunk. As a side note, how is it that we’re so stupid sometimes? I’m sorry…but if I heard 12 dudes talking in my language, and everyone around me heard it in their own language…being drunk would NOT be one my first assumptions.
Anyway, right after all of that, Peter shifts gears and begins telling the truth of Jesus’ life and death, and the crowd was cut to the heard and asked “what do we do?”
Now in the American church, the answer would have been “open your bulletin and fill out the comment/commitment card, join a small group, begin confirmation classes, and tithe.” This isn’t to say that any of those things are inherently bad, but Peter’s answer was straight to the point and to the truth of what Christ seeks. He said ” 38Repent and be baptized EVERY ONE OF YOU in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
Here are the next two awesome things that happened:
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
THREE THOUSAND in ONE DAY! As Louie Giglio put it…that was DAY ONE of the Church and three thousand were won to Christ because the TRUTH was spoken that cut straight to the hearts of men. It wasn’t flowered up, there were not commitment cards, classes, services, etc. Everyone was baptized, and they began selling possesions to help one another, just because they could. Not necessarily because they were instructed to by teachers, but because their hearts were moved to service Christ fully.
And it didn’t stop there!
46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
EVERY DAY the Lord added to the numbers of those who were being saved. So we started with 120, blew up to 3,000 and then every day someone was added to the kingdom. Even if that was one person a day…in one year that was 365 people, and there are churches that couldn’t say that 30 were added to the kingdom.
It seems that there is a battle going on between the number of worshippers in a [c]hurch service, vs the number of believers added to the [C]hurch. What I mean, is that it seems like those who believe in Christ are the biggest advocates for Christ, but also potentially the biggest obstacles for others to come to Christ. When we’re all busy disagreeing about the different ways we understand Christ, we are wasting time when we could be winning others for the kingdom. Granted there are things we should challenge eachother in, but at the end of the day, whether I call myself baptist, methodist, catholic, presbyterian, so on and so forth, doesn’t matter. To me that’s the same as saying “elbow, knee, hand, face.”
Whether we believe in the same doctrine, like one disciple more than another, read scriptures with more or less awe, dance, clap, remain reverent, etc. none of those things define or connect us. As Peter so clearly stated in Acts, Jesus…is the common ground we all have.
If you love Jesus, serve Him, understand Him a little differently but want the same result where His Kingdom reigns here on earth, then I’m on your team. I will stand beside you in the same armor. I may fight differently, but I will stake my life on Christ right next to you.
Be fueled by His fire and rock this world with how you Love others. That’s the stamp we need to leave on this world with our lives. Leave our story of Love behind, not paper, money, and things that will pass away. Leave behind His story, lived out through you.
[Be the Acts 2 Church. No holding back. No excuses. No commitment cards. Just your life.]