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Man, Message, Movement
The punch in this morning’s sermon, came all at the end when I unveiled the final stage of Christianity: A Monument to the past. Since we had previously covered Jesus the Man and last week touched on Jesus the Message, I thought I should spend most of my sermon time on Jesus the Movement.
It is very exciting to me to read how Jesus’ disciples grew from 120 to 3000 in a single afternoon. Then to follow the incredible story of them spreading the message throughout Jerusalem resulting in daily baptisms. Finally dispersed through persecution, these early believers in Jesus went everywhere preaching the message. There was no stopping these early Christians from establishing churches throughout the known world.
The greatest challenge facing the early church was when the message spread to Gentiles. What a blessing for us Gentiles 2000 years later to have 22 letters sent to those early believers teaching them how to live this new life. But how seriously do we take all this? As I read the letters, many of the moral and ethical sins the early Christians were taught to avoid are just as prevalent in today’s world. Are we serious enough about our discipleship to live the distinctive life we are taught to live in the letters?
One comment I received after the sermon was from a visitor who travels a great deal visiting churches. He gave a grim report of churches that have become essentially Christian clubs. They continue to conduct religious meetings but the idea of mission is long gone. What does it take to keep the movement moving? What are the things we can do to be a church in the present looking to the future, instead of a church that continues to live in the past? And most importantly; What role do you see yourself being called upon to play in these things?