Monday, 28 May 2012

Are we blind? We need signs and wonders ...

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A man stood up at our recent national church leaders event and said something that has stuck with me ever since.

He spoke about the fact that in the early days of our church, when we were discovering some amazing things and God was first leading us toward Christian community and other such toe-curling New Testament realities, he would at times find himself baffled by the fact that Christians can sometimes have an amazing ability to skip over important parts of the Bible seemingly without realising that they should be doing something about what it says. As if they'd read the words but not really seen what it was saying, or maybe even not seen the words at all.

He explained how he'd resolved all those years ago to aim never to do that himself, and that if he ever found us as a church skipping over bits of the New Testament if as they weren't there, then he'd say something. If he ever found something we were neglecting in this way then he'd speak out about it.

He said he'd found something.
Acts 2: 42-44
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 
This bit of the Bible has been very dear to us as a church over the years. It has been an inspiration to us, with our emphasis on being a church that is a clear, visible, distinct, brotherhood community of believers. It has often been quoted around the church and everyone recognises it when they hear it.

It's a 'good old Jesus Fellowship scripture.'

But what about verse 43? The middle bit. Everyone was filled with awe? Many signs and wonders? Is this part of our experience or are we skipping over it? Do we even see it when we read the verses?

I think there's something in what he said. That sense of awe that comes upon all when something undeniably miraculous has taken place - we need more of it.

I can think of many signs and wonders we've seen as a church, some of which I've witnessed personally - bones healed instantly, food multiplied, irreversible diseases cured, the weather changed instantly, to name but a few - but we need more. I want the church to be all that she should be. I want us to demonstrate the power of the gospel tangibly, with healing and power encounters, and, to quote the end of Mark's gospel, to see the Lord 'confirming His word with signs and wonders'. Do you?

And why leave it to 'the apostles' - anyone can heal the sick or expel a demon in the name of Jesus. Even me.

Or you.

1 comment:

s0upy said...

For anyone that knows him, the man's name was Mike, by the way.