Jesus didn’t just leave – He went to heaven – to prepare a place for us and He left so we could have the Holy Spirit – MISSION – His followers follow His mission.
“It isn’t that God has a mission for His Church, it’s that God has a church for His mission.”
A Biblical Church Cares For The Vulnerable
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. 2 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. 3 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.
A Biblical Church Reaches Those Not Part Of God’s Family (unconnected)
7 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.
Acts obsessed with #’s and growth… (Some churches spiritualize lack of reaching)
and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
But the word of God increased and multiplied.
And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.
Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.
So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
FAITHFULNESS TO THE MISSION leads to FRUITFULNESS…
The NONES: do not attend church (Barna)
1990’s = 30%
2000’s = 33%
2010’s = 45%
Estimated 2021 – 65%
28% – elders (born 1945 or earlier)
35% – Boomers (born 1946-1964)
40% – Busters (born 1965-1983)
48% – Mosaics (born 1984-2002)
Worse for Millennial over 50%
36% under 30, no religious identity at all.
Average size church in North America is 75 people
*7700 churches will close each year (148 per week)
85% of churches are plateaued or declining
Problem: Every number has a name
Every number has a story
Every number is a person
Every person matters to God!
You can’t truly love Jesus without loving His bride! (Church)
For the church in Acts, reaching wasn’t a program, reaching was a way of life!
A Biblical Church Empowers Its Leaders
…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. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
Two Categories of Spiritual Gifts
1 Peter 4:10-11
10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.
Speaking Gifts and Serving Gifts
Every member: In a GROUP and with a JOB
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
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