‘More People – More Active – More Often’
This is the slogan of Trafford Sport’s Centres. I have been visiting my local Gym now for a number of years. One thing is certain the gym is not working to anywhere near full capacity – this reminds me of many churches and I think this would be a great slogan for any church.
How many feel a burden and concern for the lost? How many seek to make known the saving gospel? How many actually go out with the gospel in some form of direct contact? I think you will find the answer is very few, and in some churches none. Now look at Acts 8 v 4
‘Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.’
You will see that it was not the church leaders, for they stayed in Jerusalem. It was the ordinary believers. Notice the word in the original for preaching is not exposition but simply sharing. You don’t have to be a gifted preacher like Philip v5 (Here ‘preached’ is a different word)
We need more ordinary believers to go out with the gospel, and when this happens the churches will start to grow.
When I look back over 48 years, since my conversion, I think of the activities in the churches in those days. We had two Sunday services, a Sunday school in the afternoon, youth work mid-week prayer meeting, and separate Bible study and very often Saturday evening fellowship and once a week outreach.
We were all expected to be involved.
When I look at some church programs today, which usually have one Sunday service in the morning, one mid-week meeting, some have a day meeting for older folk, perhaps a coffee morning, no children’s clubs and no weekly outreach.
Is it any wonder that we are struggling to grow our churches, both numerically and spiritually.
Church leaders set the program, they are responsible to move the work forward, they invite the speakers. They ought to give the lead in every area of church life, and they will be held accountable for the spiritual state of the churches. We need to be more ACTIVE.
See 1 Cor 15 v 10 ‘I laboured more abundantly than they all,yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.’
This is the example of the Apostle Paul.
I see many people coming to the gym with enthusiasm to begin, but then dropping off too soon. It takes determination to keep going, even in spite of discouragement and injury.
A great example for the churches today is the Thessalonians of whom Paul said,
for from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place….’
If they could reach out to Macedonia & Achaia, areas nearly as big as the UK, then we should be able to reach the communities around our church and we will if:-
More Christians, are More Active, More Often.