The first time the gospel goes out of Jerusalem; it is carried in the mouths of normal people, rather then the apostles. Luke makes the point that the apostles stayed in Jerusalem.
This is how the Great Commission is accomplished, through ordinary Christians. I recently listened to a sermon by a pastor named J.D. Greer. His definition for evangelism is:
“A group of ordinary Christians living intentionally in a city to bring joy to it through word and deed.”
He asked the following question. “If your church closed it’s doors today; would anyone weep over its death?” Churches are closing by the thousands across America. The thousands. Do any of the people in those cities even notice? Does it make any difference to a city when a church dies?
What’s the purpose of the church? I believe Pastor J.D. stated it beautifully when he made the above statement. The church is the bride of Christ. What is our Bridegroom’s purpose? He came to seek and to save that which was lost. Are we about our Father’s business? Are we going out into the highways and byways and compelling the people to come in?
Let us begin to ask God; what can we do individually and as a church to make a difference in our city? The church is to a be a lighthouse, a city set on a hill, a beacon to the lost and hurting. It shouldn’t be a Christian club where only members are allowed. I actually heard one of my neighbors make that statement. That was how he perceived church to be. How sad.
Let us determine that our churches will bring joy to the city.
Prayer in Motion:
Oh God, let the church begin to find ways to bring joy to our cities. We are Your people called by Your Great Name. May we humble ourselves and serve the lost and down trodden. May we bring joy to our cities. In Jesus Name. Amen