When you think about church, do you think of miracles and the supernatural? I must admit that I don’t think of those things at first…I think of awesome worship sets, Spirit-led sermons, my church building…that’s so limiting though. Others have had numerous bad experiences in the ‘church’ and have associated Christianity with all wrongs of the church. The thing is that God wants the church to be more than that. I think it’s more about the people. There would be no need for a building if there were no people to fill it. Just like that rhyme with the corresponding hand motions that goes something like “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and there’s all the people!” I do want to make it clear that I am truly blessed by my church, and I know that the Spirit is moving there mightily. I strive to love it as the bride of Christ. I’m very excited for the Easter service this Sunday, and I hope that people who have been thinking of going to a church this Sunday will join me or a friend. However…
As I’ve studied Acts throughout the year in my small group, I learned about how the crazy things happening in the church were normal occurrences. Healing, deliverance, and more that resulted from devout prayer among other things. As Francis Chan asks, do I believe that it’s possible today? Maybe I wouldn’t think it was so crazy if it was happening regularly today. Yes, it’s difficult to imagine what a gathering at church this Sunday for Easter would look like if the church of Acts was before my eyes. I think it’s possible, do you? I don’t want to know what’s going to happen next at any gathering under Him, and I want to see the Holy Spirit move as He wants to. I want to expect the unexpected. What’s stopping us from accessing all of His power? Don’t we want more?
Watch the video of Francis Chan (author of Crazy Love; awesome, entertaining, and passionate Chinese pastor I saw at Passion Conference)…http://relevantmagazine.com/basicholyspirit#disqus_thread
This can happen in the church today. Do you believe it? Do you want it?
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” -Acts 4:31
Now if you want it, we’ve got to make some changes. Act. Pray. Change.