“The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him.” -Acts 13:44-45
As I read this scripture the other day I couldn’t help but imagine what it would look like if our entire city would gather to hear the word of the Lord. Obviously the implication of the Jews being jealous and mad about the gathering says that there were still haters, and not everyone agreed on theology, but they couldn’t help but see what was happening. Could this happen in modern day? Or is this just an anomaly left in the book of Acts?
As an outreach and missions pastor at a local church, I can’t help but dream of something like this. Obviously God wanted it in the bible for a reason. My hope is not to just bring people into a building to gather people, but instead to send those we do have in our building out the walls of the church to live on mission. To really be obedient to the Spirit of God, and share the message of hope, love, and transformation that can only come through the power of Jesus. One of my greatest passions is to see the church actually get out and live the way it was created to live. The church was created to be a mission agency that sends, lives, and exists to be a blessing to the world by introducing others to the hope Jesus brings.
I always want to help churches do this, and not just my own. What does your church do to be a blessing to the community? How are you as an individual living on mission?