So–in our worship together today, about 200 or so people came forward committing to be an Acts 2 Christian. Just think of what this means…
- If each of those people invite five people to Edinbrook Church in the next few months, and if two out of those five invitations result in a guest attendance, we will have 400 new visitors in the near future.
- If out of those 400 visitors, one out of ten respond with a “yes”, we will see 40 new Christ followers in the months ahead.
- If one in three of those 360, who do not say “yes” at this time, continue to attend, we will be constantly exposing another 120 people to the truth of Jesus on an ongoing basis.
- If one half of those 120 say “yes” to Jesus in the next year, we will have another 60 Christ-followers from that group alone.
- Over-all, this means that by being Acts 2 Christians, we could easily see 100 new believers in the next year or so…just from these new commitments made today!
And if those 100 new believers have an average of six unbelieving friends that they point to Jesus in the year that follows, we will have another 600 influenced in the following 12 months.
And on…and on…and on…
And that’s just a snapshot of what God can do with just one day of commitments made to Him!
Now–let’s be Acts 2 Christians.
A church’s attitude generates its likability factor. When the Acts 2 church was birthed, they loved being together — “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people,” Acts 2:46-47a. Don’t you get the feeling that they were having a great time being Christian?
Consider a few of these pieces:
- Learning and worshiping together was a regular way of doing life — “day by day”. Isolation was not part of the equation.
- Enjoying and sharing with one another breathed life into their bones. The gladness they exuded, along with a spirit of generosity, created an attractive hub of activity for the new believers.
- There were no fakes. A phrase that describes them is that they had “sincerity of heart”. This literally means “no stony ground of heart” — no pride, masks, bitterness, or self-made agendas.
- They were positive authentic worshipers who were contagious to others – “praising God and having favor with all the people.”
The Result? “And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
I dream of seeing the church return to its true spiritual heritage of being so likable that the world can’t ignore us any longer. Maybe that can even happen in your little corner of the world…
A church’s attitude does generate its likability factor.