August 13, 2006 Leave a comment
During JP’s intro to the book of Acts this morning, he mentioned something which happened in the 2nd Chapter and caught my attention. Let’s go to the tape (actually text but ‘tape’ sounds cooler and that’s what we’re about here at Lastrow):
“So then, those who had received his [Peter’s] word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41
So the Apostle Peter just got done preaching the 1st sermon of the Church Age, and as a result, 3000 people become followers of Christ. So for the church growth folk, that’s a 2500% increase!?!?! (based on the 120 believers cited in 1:15) Rick Warren and Joel Osteen can only dream of numbers like these.
While I have read this text before it wasn’t until this morning that the following hit me like a ton of temple bricks: The outrageous surge in conversions occurred without the aid of microphones, giant screens, powerpoint slides, sharp sound systems, hawaiian shirts, former basketball arenas, the Lakewood Orchestra (featuring Cindy Cruse-Ratliff), snazzy suits, million dollar smiles, planning, and last but not least, a mission statement.
This event in Acts 2 is a demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power, how else can this be explained? How else is a country bumpkin like Peter able to do this, if not for the Holy Spirit working mightily in him? Let this be a lesson to all of us who go out with our neat formulaic methods instead of relying on He whom we are sealed with, the Holy Spirit, who will also remind us of what we are to say.