The Astonishing Power of Small Churches: Looking Ahead

power buttonImagine how different the world would look, if

  • over billion people
  • transformed by the Gospel of Jesus
  • strategically placed by the hand of God
  • in groups averaging 50 or so
  • tucked into every corner of the world

decided to really say “yes” to God.

The Gospel of Jesus, packaged in Small Churches, is the most powerful force for goodness the world has ever seen.

We don’t need to build one more church building, gather for any more seminars or devise a new strategy in order to be ready for the greatest movement in history.

We just need to say “yes” to Jesus.

But what is Jesus asking us to say “yes” to?

 

There Is No Secret Sauce

We have to quit looking for some secret.

Instead, I have this book I’d like to recommend to you. It’s often bound in leather. You probably have one within arm’s reach. There might even be a copy of it on the computer or smart phone you’re using to read this blog post.

It’s called The Bible.

Everything we need to know is in there. It’s not a secret. It’s time to do the bible stuff.

When Jesus was asked what we need to do to please God, he had a simple answer. Love God. Love others. That’s all.

There are places on earth without a doctor, a school or fresh water, but there’s a Small Church. And where there’s a Small Church, doctors, schools and fresh water always follow very close behind.

In fact, every missionary I know of, starts a school, digs a well and opens a medical clinic before they break ground on a church building. Why? Because of Jesus’ command. Love God. Love others. That’s all.

That’s why the church has always grown among the poor.

When we do the bible stuff first, the world gets better. And people’s hearts bend towards Jesus a little more.

 

Think Goodness, Not Greatness

The disciples wanted Jesus to use his powers of persuasion to win a debate over religion and politics. Jesus put a child on his knee.

The disciples wanted Jesus to leverage his time by impressing influencers. Jesus wasted his time on a prostitute who wanted to wash his feet with her hair.

We’ve all met the high-powered leader who looks over our shoulder for the next, more important person, while he shakes our hand. Jesus was never that guy.

Jesus never “leveraged” people. He just loved them.

Jesus never saw people as a means to get greater things done. He didn’t see them as a means to build his church. He told them they are the church.

Jesus saw every individual as the greatest place in which he could invest his time. And that’s how he continues to change the world. One person at a time.

Let’s take care of who and what God gave us. Recognize the greatness in smallness. Know that the people God gave you is the church he wants you to pastor.

It’s inconceivable that a movement begun by Jesus could ever proceed by any other means.

Let’s shower the world with tangible proof of God’s love. One person at a time.

There’s no better place to do that than in a Small Church.


Today’s post is Part 5 of a multi-part series this week on The Astonishing Power of Small Churches.

So what do you think? Is it time to turn loose the astonishing power of small churches?

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2 thoughts on “The Astonishing Power of Small Churches: Looking Ahead”

  1. Amen. You know, it got me thinking. A lady in our church, who is home in Heaven now, was so precious to us. What an encourager. Giver. Prayer warrior. She went home a couple of years ago…but her little blue pillow she used for back support is still in the sanctuary…it floats around. My son, who’s 10 now, after she passed on, said to me one Sunday, “Please Mom, don’t ever get rid of Mary Jane’s pillow.” So we didn’t. There’s still other remnants of her around, as well as other folks… It’s not that we hold on to “glory days”… we do hold on to family though. Love. Loving the people you have while anticipating the people yet to come.
    Could it be, that we’ve become so focused on finding the new “secret” to growing a church, that we’ve neglected to just love the people we have? So that the world, looking in, says, “Look. Look at them love one another. I want some of that…”

  2. I think you’re on the right track. How do people get involved though in traditional church life? Bible says each of you contribute, a song, a prayer, an insight. We need courage to change, boldness to walk as disciples of the Master. I add my prayers and desires that we have the Bible guide us in our life, even churchlife. Thanks

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