- Acts 2:40-41 says below: 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Yep! The first sermon EVER under the direct, empowered, baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire Christian LED to 3000 souls coming to Jesus Christ!
If you don't like BIG CHURCH - you won't like the church in the book of Acts when it was ONLY GETTING STARTED! Because in the next few verses after this the author talks about unity and fellowship and miracles and love with all these new believers - and then in Acts 2:46-47:
46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Daily... this blows my mind! You know what this speaks to me?!! GOD'S DESIRE IS FOR HIS CHURCH TO GROW EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! This what what I'm living for!!!!!!!!!!!!
So at Dunamis Church - We are all about the numbers!
Allow me to borrow a blog entry to finish mine off from www.stevenfurtick.com - who is the pastor of a huge church called Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC! Enjoy - and I'll see you at the bottom of the blog!
Our church is all about the numbers.
The number of lives that Jesus can permeate and penetrate with the gospel. The number of marriages that can be restored. The number of teenagers following the Lord. The number of depressed people that can find hope in Jesus. The number of dads who don’t give their kids any attention who will learn to order their lives by the Word of God and start prioritizing their families.
What else matters? What else should we be about?
This might come as a shock to a lot of people, but measuring numbers and putting an emphasis on them isn’t a new phenomenon. 2000 years ago, Luke by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote: 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day…47 And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:41, 47
Apparently God is all about the numbers. So I want to be, too. And so should you.
It’s unacceptable to me as a pastor that we would stop growing when the Lord wants to add to our number daily those who are being saved.And in order for that to happen, we need to track every scrap of statistical data at our disposal. We’ve got to make sure we’re measuring ministry numbers to measure our effectiveness and enlarge the Kingdom of God. I don’t want to waste a single dollar or second on a program, piece of equipment, or ministry position that isn’t the best option for reaching the most people.
You might be averse to numbers for a number of reasons.
Maybe you don’t like the idea of big crowds. If that’s the case, you wouldn’t have liked the New Testament Church. And you really won’t like heaven.
Maybe you think it steals away from discipleship. It’s possible. But it’s just as possible for that to happen in a church of 10 people as it is in a church of 10,000.
Whatever your reason is, remember: every number is indicative of a story. Personally, I don’t want to put a cap on the number of stories God wants to redeem. Especially when I read this: 9 I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God.” Revelation 7:9-10
Now that’s a number worth shooting for. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wait until I die to see this. I want to see this partially fulfilled in my lifetime. More people worshipping Jesus than I can count.
I'm living for this reality! More people worshiping God than I can count! More movement and momentum and salvations and restoration of marriages and families and finances and businesses than we can mention!
God is on the move! And I encourage you to JUMP IN!