MONDAY MUSINGS – June 1/09
Pentecost Sunday – What a day to reinvent the church!
I had the privilege of speaking at three different services on Pentecost weekend. It was a reminder to me of what “reinventing the church” is all about.
When David had on his heart to build a house for the name of the Lord his God in the Old Testament, he desired that it be a house of great magnificence and fame and splendor for the Lord. As you may remember, David’s role became that of preparation, but his young and inexperienced son Solomon, ended up building the house (more on that in a future Monday Musing).
In the New Testament, the Pharisee’s had diminished the magnificence and splendor of the Temple to a place of spiritual bankruptcy – the focus had turned from inward experience to outward exhibition. Their spirituality had turned to showmanship, tradition and a majoring on minors. Sound at all like the church today? The result – Jesus walked away from the Temple in Matthew 24:1.
Jesus walking away from the spiritually bankrupt Temple paved the way for the birthing of the church in Acts 2. The birth of the church on the Day of Pentecost, turned the focus from a selfish, imploding group of people to an outward focus on the community that caused the church to explode in effective witness for Christ!
Today, Pentecost Sunday is an opportunity to reinvent the church and return to what the Acts 2 church is all about:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42 -47)
Now that’s church!!!!
Until next Monday…