Evangelise or Fossilise
It’s a simple straightforward message. The Bible makes it very clear that the Lord added to the church on a daily basis.
Matty offered the question to the church, “If our church closed its doors tomorrow, would anyone other than the congregation notice?”
Think about the geophysical location of the disciples, their access to any form of technology or information sharing network. The mission they were given should have been utterly hopeless. Yet they did everything through the power of the Holy Spirit. The word martyr come from the original Greek legal term for witness, martus.
Think about the difference between those early disciples. They witnessed and testified to so much despite having access to so little in the way of money or other resources. Yet we have so much in the way of money and resource comparatively yet we do so little. Research suggests that if 10% of our congregation were to actively evangelise our congregation would double.
Speaking in tongues today is viewed vey differently to the time of the disciples, but it was a very different experience. Tongues today is viewed as a heavenly language and if it happens in a church setting during worship it is believed to require an independent witness to translate. Contrast that with the gift of tongues at Pentecost and no translation was needed. Each person heard the message direct in the language that they could understand, with no misunderstanding or doubt about what they were hearing.
Each and every one of has the capability to evangelise to every corner of our lives. Even if we do not have the confidence to have conversations about our faith and belief with people, we can evangelise in the way in which we conduct our lives, through our words and our actions.
Thank you for your time.