:: CHALLENGE POINT ::
The everyday functions of normal people like you and me are where we will see the transforming effects that the Gospel brings. It happens in our communities, in our neighborhoods, and in our relationships. It is not the function of the church facility, as much as it is a function of our everyday activities in the world. The first-century Church moved across the continents, building relationships, and thus, the Church began to rise up. Unfortunately, by the 4th century, evangelism was getting confined within the walls of a building. Less and less conversions to Christ were happening through the communities in the world where God’s grace to save would bring to the common individual a spiritual experience. Instead, it was left to the clergy to demonstrate within the walls of the church building. We could determine what God doesn’t want in a Great Commission Church. The early Church spread the faith not through professional clergy but through the laity. All the people took the gospel to the outer regions of the empire. Philip preached the Kingdom of God in many towns and is our introduction to the Gospel where miracles, signs and wonders began to happen, and where people who were oppressed or even possessed by Satan were delivered.
The most important thing to remember is that the centerpiece of the gospel is Christ crucified, dead, buried, and risen on the third day. How can we help ourselves with this understanding? By acknowledging Christ’s gift of eternal life and having the assurance of salvation for our future which in turn affects this life. I pray that believers in Christ will take seriously their duty and delight to share and spread the Gospel wherever life takes them. Be bold and don’t let fear or intimidation dominate your efforts. Jesus counts on His Church to make disciples around the world. Go forth!