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Monday Meditations: Our Participation in Building the Church

on November 18, 2013

bannerDave took a quick break from his series, “The Glory of God in the Story of God,” to encourage us in our responsibility to help build the church.  Dave reminded us that the door-to-door method was exampled in the book of Acts. And so, about a week ago, several families in our church went door-to-door in Rockford, inviting people to an open house that our church hosted last Saturday. We also invited folks out to a series that Dave will be teaching during the Sunday School hour next month on the Truth about Christmas.

We did have our open house. It was encouraging to see several of our families come together, excited to see whom God might bring. We didn’t offer any carnival rides, give-aways, etc. We offered an opportunity to see our building, meet our people, and have some light refreshments. And, it might have been a bit discouraging to have only had 4 people stop by: one couple and neighbor lady and her little grandson. But, Dave reminded us, it was a success! The people of FBC Rockford took steps in participating in the Great Commission. We went out and invited. We warmly welcomed those who came. We had opportunity to have extended conversations with the people who did come. (And–on a side note–we had lots of goodies left over to enjoy ourselves! 😉 ).

What is the “secret” to building the church? Well Jesus promised He would do so in Matthew 16:18, so we know it’s going to happen! So, how do we participate? Dave pointed us to Acts 4:23-31:

When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said,

 “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’

— for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,  to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

So, what do we do to help build the church, as Jesus promised he would?

  • We pray that God would give us boldness.
  • We speak the Word of God with that boldness.

Dave encouraged every believer at our church yesterday to pray for boldness for ourselves on individual levels, so we can share our testimonies and the Gospel with unbelievers. He also encouraged us to pray for boldness as a church that we may take opportunities to gather together to boldly give the Gospel.

Then we do it. We give the Gospel. We use our Sunday School hour occasionally to preach truth, like next month when Dave speaks on the Truth about Christmas. We can also do so in a public setting, like teaching a class in a public library or a community college, similar to how Paul taught in the hall of Tyrannus.

Whatever we do, we must pray for boldness and do something.

{On Mondays, I would like to share some thoughts from my pastor’s (husband’s 🙂 ) sermon on Sunday. This will be good for me, as it will help cement God’s truths in my head and heart. I hope these truths will encourage and challenge you! If you’re interested in hearing a particular sermon, you can head here to listen.}

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