CAUTION DO NOT READ THE BOOK OF ACTS
Four marks of authentic revival
- Sleepy Christians waking-up.
- A holy seriousness
- An insatiable appetite for the voice of God (His word), the ear of God (prayer), and to be in unity with His people (the Church).
- An affected reform in the culture that we live.
We have been studying the book of ACTS as a part of our worship services at PAXnorth. There is so much to learn from this historical account of how the Church post-Christ experienced the work of Christ, through the Holy Spirit and the fall-out in the disciples lives. Four of those things are in the list above. We have just completed Chapter 4 (4 chapters six weeks… not bad).
I feel like Luke should have written a warning label though at the first of this book.
A fair warning to those who have been living sleepy Christian, sleepy church lives. A serious caution to those who say, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” A word of disclaimer for the modern-day christian who basically feels they have 75-80% of life figured out and are happy that they can use Jesus, or His mission, or His church to top themselves up.
Luke should open this second book of his ongoing record of the words and works of Christ (Gospel of Luke being the first in the series) with:
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE ACCUSTOMED TO GOING TO JESUS TO TOP UP YOUR LIFE.
The very narrative of the book of Acts flows out of thesis paragraphs, like Acts 2:42-47, describing a church that refuses to be identified based on the things they own, their reputation in a hostile world, the grasping for and holding tightly to possessions, or the controlling of outcomes, schedules and programs. These are sadly the very things that often mark todays church. Our churches are often filled on Sundays with those who are grasping for intimacy with God based upon the feel good high of a well executed worship service. At the same time, throughout the daily grind of the week, making a piecemeal identity out of the various idols that we surround ourselves with. What we own, how we look, how our kids look, how our kids act, what comforts we can obtain, what food we eat, what vacations we go on…etc, etc.
CAUTION! The book of Acts will confront the ‘keep Jesus to Sunday’s’, ‘fake it ’til I make it’ kind of Christian. The lives and sermons of the early Church will not allow us to go to Jesus for a spiritual high or for some sort of a tag-a-long blessing in hard times while we live disobedient or distracted lives.
DONT READ ACTS IF YOU ARE LIVING A DISTRACTED LIFE! It will leave you gasping for revival!
Thanks for reading.