Unboxing Church

Peter answered them, “All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. This promise belongs to you and to your children and to everyone who is far away. It belongs to everyone who worships the Lord our God.”

Acts 2:38‭-‬39 GW

Peter said much more to warn them. He urged, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

Those who accepted what Peter said were baptized. That day about 3,000 people were added ⌊to the group⌋.

Acts 2:40‭-‬41 GW

The disciples were devoted to the teachings of the apostles, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. A feeling of fear came over everyone as many amazing things and miraculous signs happened through the apostles. All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other. From time to time, they sold their property and other possessions and distributed the money to anyone who needed it. The believers had a single purpose and went to the temple every day. They were joyful and humble as they ate at each other’s homes and shared their food. At the same time, they praised God and had the good will of all the people. Every day the Lord saved people, and they were added to the group.

Acts 2:42‭-‬47 GW

The Church has left the building.

The Church is not a building made by human hands.

We need to know what the Church is.

We need to define our terms and use them correctly.

The Greek word that is translated as church over 100 times in the Bible is ekklesia.

It means assembly.

It means the called out ones.

So when we assemble as the Church, we are gathering together, apart from the world.

The world refers to anything that is not holy.

God’s Word and prayer can make anything holy.

It’s all a matter of intention.

A human body can be an instrument of righteousness or sin.

We have free will.

We decide.

We decide which team we’re going to play for.

Team Jesus or the other guy.

I believe it’s time for us to take the Great Commission seriously.

A commission is an instruction, command or duty given to a person or group of people.

Jesus issued His final instructions to the disciples.

Last words are often full of deep wisdom.

It’s your last chance to say what you really mean.

To say what’s really important.

It summarizes everything you’ve learned in life that you want to pass on.

What did Jesus say?

Go and make disciples.

How are we doing at that?

How are we doing at going?

How are we doing at being intentional in our mission to humanity?

How are we doing at maturing believers into self-replicating disciples of God?

If you want to chart a course somewhere, you first need to know where you want to go and where you are at currently.

Otherwise, you’re just going to wander aimlessly until you die.

It’s time to focus.

It’s time to take an honest look at ourselves, individually and corporately.

Where are we getting it right?

Where do we need to improve?

Where do we need to ask for help?

God’s not looking to scold us for being idiots.

He already knows.

He wants to help us.

He wants us to humble ourselves and return to Him.

He wants us to be completely dependent on Him to lead us.

We already are, we just need to recognize it.

Humility precedes maturity.

Maturity precedes unity.

Unity precedes revival.

Revival precedes harvest.

Harvest precedes disciple making.

Disciple making precedes assembling.

Sunday church gatherings are fine.

There’s nothing wrong with believers gathering together to worship their Creator and to encourage and strengthen one another in the faith.

But the Church doesn’t exist only on Sundays.

The Church is eternal.

The Church is a many membered, living Body.

What is the Church doing when she’s not resting on Sundays?

Are we resting?

Or are we working?

Are we letting God work and God speak?

Or are we doing human things and letting humans speak?

It’s time to get back to the Biblical model.

What worked well?

Let’s try that and see what happens.

May God give you grace to finish the race well.

Amen.

The Lord will bless you and watch over you.

Numbers 6:24 GW

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