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I’m laying out my vision for our church across several posts. There are eight pieces to it. This is number six:
I envision lost people regularly giving their lives to Christ.
“Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts, praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47 (NET)
I think sometimes how awesome that would be to have been a part of those first days in the church – regular, daily contact with each other; eating together regularly; having a great reputation in the community (“good will of all the people”).
But even more than that – lost people regularly giving their lives to Christ. I mean, think about it, how many people were being saved? Hundreds, thousands? According to Acts 2:41, following Peter’s message 3,000 people were saved and joined the new church. Talk about a revival! There are some estimates that say there were possibly 60,000 believers in Jerusalem by Acts 15, about 17 years later. That’s over 3,100 new Christ-followers per year!
Now, I understand that this was a huge movement of God to get the church started, and a person had to be pretty serious to join a group that was willing to stand against the main political and religious organizations of the day. And serious Christ-followers attract serious seekers.
But does that mean that it can’t happen today? I don’t think so. There are over 265,000 people in our county alone. And according to the most recent data, more than half of them claim no church or religious affiliation.
You can’t tell me that there are 130,000 in our county that are so turned against God that they refuse his salvation. There may be areas in the world where that is true, but St. Joseph County, Indiana?
So what’s the solution? For the Church to be the church that God intended from day one.
I read recently where someone wrote, “The problem with the traditional church is that it became too much ‘tradition’ and not enough ‘church’.” I think the same can apply to a non-traditional church as well.
When the Church is the Church – the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ, the unstoppable servant of the Most High God – seekers will be able to stop seeking, families will be fixed, marriages will thrive, and lives all over our county, our state, our nation, and our world will be changed.
My vision is to see people coming to Christ for the very first time every single day.
What is your part in that?