Acts 2:42-47...And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
In the past several months, God has been challenging me in my life, in my ministry, and in my thinking. If I'm being truly honest, this season has been a funneling of passions, convictions, and dreams given to me through the past decade!
My desire and hope through these blogs is to help you understand a few things:
1- What do I mean by "Re(Discover)" church?
2- Why is it so important we "Re(Discover)" church?
3- What I believe God wants to do with a "Re(Discovered)" church
Let me start with some history of where this has all been coming from. For the past 10 years, God has been challenging me and convicting me to pursue leading a church that got back to reflecting the church of Acts (specifically Acts 2). I felt, and continue to feel, that the church of Acts is the purest reflection of what Jesus Christ expected His church to be!
They were locked in--DEVOTED--to fellowship with each other, to listening to the Word taught by the Apostles, to prayers, to the breaking of bread, and to generosity! The ONLY THING THAT MATTERED what Jesus and His children. Nothing was counted as their own: not their money, belongings, time, family, etc. This devotion led to joyful hearts, grateful hearts, hearts of praising, and drawing hearts to Jesus...DAILY!
The passion and longing I have for the church to RE(Discover) and REflect what the church was meant to be is so deep in my spirit that I believe it is a ministry that God has branded me with, so I must share it! That brings us to here and now.
I can only speak from what I've seen,heard, and witnessed, but I believe the church, at large, has lost sight of this in America. We've overcomplicated the most simple Truth; Christ came to give us freedom and we've burdened ourselves again with complex ministry ideals and philosophies! We have rules for numbers and expansions, and equations for adding lost souls to the Kingdom, and books upon books for enhancing leadership, sermon series for every topic or season or spiritual foundation, and constantly growing necessities for ministering to the world around us today!
None of those things are inherently wrong--in face they can be great resources and tools. But what God has spoken to my heart is this:
"You cannot make My Word more alive or more creative. It is inherently alive and creative on its own!"
"The church has become more reliant on the tools than they are the Carpenter (Jesus)!"
We have complicated the building of the church because we have taken the tools into our own hands and tried to keep up with the expansion needs. WE CANNOT SUCCEED IN MINISTERING THAT WAY! Once we start it on our own, we will have to finish it on our own...and that's an impossible task!
God is calling the church back to a simple ministry. He's calling us back to a simple foundation. He's calling us to trust the carpenter--to give Him the tools and see what He does with them! We've got to quit racking our brains with every thou shall and shall not of how "church" must look and function. We've got to remove our preferences, our desires, and our thoughts from the equation and just listen for the directions of the Carpenter.
Let's get to a place where our only concern is pleasing God by: loving Him, loving others, and obeying Him! Let's be devoted to Him and the simplicity of living in grace and freedom! Join me through this blog as I communicate, the best I can through the Holy Spirit, how to Re(Discover) being the church that acts!