Momentum

Maybe if the Book of Acts was named the Book of “Actions,” the church would be getting more done. Am I the only one who reads this power-packed account and thinks, “Why does the church look so different today?”.

Think about it; comparatively, the church doesn’t hold a Bic lighter to the unrestrained, Holy flame of God regularly at work in the church of Acts. Well, I’m just crazy enough to try to get to the bottom of all this and ask the hard questions and, hopefully, live up to the hard answers I end up finding.

Given a shotgun examination of just the first few chapters of Acts, even before the Apostle Paul comes on the scene, we see all kinds of MOMENTUM.

Yeah, Momentum. Motion. Action. Some get-up-and-go!

Contrast and compare. Where is the, “We can’t help but speak the things we’ve seen and heard?” Where are the bold and crazy cries of, “We ought to obey God rather than man?” I mean, there was such great boldness and those being added to the church daily and having all things in common and distributing wealth and breaking bread with gladness and praising God in the Temple and in the homes!

I see a continuously active church. Momentum and motion. The things of God were numerous and prevailing…so much that all Jerusalem was turned upside down by their doctrine!

They were continuously giving themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). Why is this so different than what we do?

It shouldn’t be. So…let’s do ALL this stuff. Let’s be active and regular in our evangelism and teaching and our approach to the Gospel. Let’s be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit. We shouldn’t be containable as we serve the Lord. There should be no stopping us. Relentless…we should be relentless. Never give up; never surrender!

Go. Go. Go! Pray. Pray. Pray! The Word. The Spirit. Preach. Teach. Proclaim. Suffer. Fight. Never quit. Never let up. Our time is short and the harvest is ripe.

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About Joshua M. Brindle

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One Response to Momentum

  1. Terry in Dubuque says:

    In the Book of Acts, we see a church that is full of life. I believe this energy was God birthed and Spirit feed.
    But, what I ALSO notice in the Book of Acts is the notion of Planning, Preparing, Participating, and Praying…Let me give an example…In chapter 6 we read the following
    ——————————————————————————————-
    Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.

    And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.

    Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.

    But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

    And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.

    These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

    And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
    ———————————————————————————————-
    In this passage we see that there is a problem: Hellenist’s widows are being neglected and people are complaining about it.
    The Apostles realize the problem and decide that the best solution (aka plan) is to have the people on the scene deal with it.

    So the Apostles call all the disciples together and tell them hey there is a problem, and we need you to take care of it (aka prepare).

    The people on the scene think…great idea! So the pick out some dudes (aka participate).

    These dudes are brought before the Apostles who pray for them and lay hands on them (aka prayer), and the results are phenomenal!

    The Word of God increased, the number of disciples multiplied, and a great many priest became obedient to faith!!!

    May our cry today be…Lord, give us a plan, help us prepare for the tasks ahead, give us the courage to participate in Your work, and please… SHOW UP BIG TIME…cause without You it is all for nothing….

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