THURSDAY, JULY 2
“…baptizing them in the name
of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost…”
CHURCH AND MISSIONS
The Rev Timothy Tow calls the book of Acts “The pattern for church growth.” From the few hundreds who witnessed the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, the believers grew to thousands in just a few days, and even to millions today. What was the secret? What was the formula? As we continue to meditate on the Acts of the Apostles, prayerfully we can answer these pertinent questions for every believer who desires to bring more souls into God’s Kingdom.
The early church history: The book of Acts exhibits the divine beginnings of the visible church. The church was started by Apostles who were not great and knowledgeable people but poor and unlearned. They were weak and inexperienced and did not have the intellectual prowess to formulate any methodologies to build up mega-churches. They had no training whatsoever from well-known theological schools which we have today. However, their success cannot be denied, and it shows clearly the extraordinary results they had far above any modern church today.
The missionary history: The book of Acts also exhibits the divine warrant for missions and accounts for our gentile presence in the church. The Apostles started missions with practically no material resources. They travelled throughout the world preaching the gospel and persevering unto the uttermost part of the inhabited world. They walked and sailed through great dangers and fears. They faced famines and poverty while being pursued and hunted because of their faith. Yet, they continued and remained steadfast in spite of the obstacles they had to overcome. They faced persecution, yet they remained faithful.
Are you actively co-labouring in a local church today? Do you have a part to play in missions and evangelism? Or are you just a pew-warmer who comes under the shadow of the church for fewer than two hours a week? If you are truly in the Lord Jesus Christ through faith in Him, you are a member of His body (Eph 4:4-6).
THOUGHT: Am I a functional member of the body of Christ?
PRAYER: Father, help me be involved as an active labourer in the body of Christ for the edification of the saints, for the work of the ministry and of gospel sharing.