For about the past two years, I have been teaching “Route 66,” a survey of the 66 books of the Bible. The study I am using as a guide has it done in a year. Aaaah yeah, like that is going to happen. In fact, at the end of this year it will be two years exactly since I started. To be fair, we have taken summer breaks, as well as holiday breaks. I am not going to fight a losing battle of having people make choices that make them
resent regret making the commitment to class, nor do I like feeling tied down during certain times. Anyway, to make a long story short our summer break will start after this Wednesday (although they have asked to continue with a small group study in homes which is really cool). Our “66” class will finish this session with Acts (it will be week 3 for us).
You can’t help but be impressed with the early church. Have you ever checked out its growth rate?
- Acts 1:14-15- 120
- Acts 2:41- 3000
- Acts 4:4- 5000 men plus women and children
- Acts 5;14- more added
- Acts 6:-17- multiplied greatly
- Acts 10- Gentiles added to the mix
Holy out-of-sight numbers Batman! I even found a reference that says, “History tells us the Jerusalem church exceeded 100,000 after only seven years!
My comment to the class: How’s that for keeping the church small? Of course, I’m sure you have heard all the arguments: “The church is just too big.” “I don’t see how anyone can feel a part of a big church.” On and on it goes. Someone was telling me the other day we have more megachurches today than at any other time.
My question is this: If that is so, why are we not on the cusp of a revolution? Better yet, why are we not now in a revolution? As Richard Stearns writes in his new book, Unfinished,
The very Son of God became flesh and lived among us. He died that we might find forgiveness and reconciliation with God. He commissioned us to bring this same good news to the nations of the world, yet we have failed to deliver. What happened to the revolution?
There is certainly more to believing in God and calling it quits at that point. That is one big factor which set the early church apart from us. We seem to be content to “believe and quit.” But I believe the Bible is very clear it should be “believe and act.” That is where the revolution can/will take place.
What about you? What do you think? What are reasons you would give for the failure to revolutionize?