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Let’s disturb some people today!

April 8th, 2008 Posted in encouragement, sermons

As this world gets darker, we must ask ourselves the question, “Which side am I on?” If I’m on the Lord’s side, it’s time to stop “playing Church” and time to get serious!

The Church of the first century “turned their world upside down” for Christ. As we read about the work of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles in the book of Acts, it seems that wherever Paul and the others went, something happened—either a conversion or a riot.

It was said of Paul and Silas (and not as a compliment): “These who have turned the world upside down . . . ” “now they are here disturbing our city too” (Acts 17:6 NKJV, NLT). That’s what we need in our culture today- a HOLY DISTURBANCE!

“Organized Christianity which fails to make a disturbance is dead” – G. Campbell Morgan

What about now; is the Church still shaking the world? I fear the opposite is the case: THE WORLD is shaking the Church. It seems nowadays that the world is turning the Church upside down.

A couple of good quotes to ponder today:

“If the Holy Spirit were taken away from the New Testament church, ninety percent of what they did would come to a halt. But if the Holy Spirit were taken away from today’s church, only ten percent of what it does would cease.” – A.W. Tozer

“We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.” – Vance Havner

Let’s do something about that. Let’s all pray today that we will turn our world upside down, instead of the world turning us upside down. Let’s “disturb” some people today the same way Paul and Silas did.

Greg

6 Responses to “Let’s disturb some people today!”

  1. Mike says:

    Debbie: Your quote from James “Faith without works is dead”. That is spot on.. How can we be heard, seen in a troubled, corporate world when the entire world tries to subdue us????? That is our “mission”, “will of God” It can be done. Is it hard? Yes! Anything worthwhile is. It was hard for our 1st century brothers. They were killed for it. We may just be “talked about” at work, not much of a threat in comparison to the reward. We can show the world through our actions that we our showing the “dark world”, the light of His ways. I am no longer in the corporate world, and I shun from the “dark, secular world” as much as possible. Hence: I know I am “N.O.T.W.” (not of this world). So it doesn’t bother me. And I used to be very much a part of this world.

  2. hn1 says:

    Your quote from Acts 17 caught my attention. I went to read it and was reminded of how we Christians are not active enough. I think it was you (or my pastor), who talked about the mentioned point. “But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city” Acts 17:5. Like how they turned the people against Jesus, the few swayed the hearts of many. Not only that, they didn’t stop in Thessalonica, they went to Berea to stop the work of God. Satan is truly a hard worker, working non-stop to snatch away the seed of Life. If only we can have the same passion, and attitude, but with a heart for harvest and a zeal to proclaim the Truth, that’s when the world can be turned upside down by the church. One thing that I still don’t understand is why there are so many confessed Christians, but we can’t be as active as a voiced few. Are we not voicing our opinions strongly enough? How are we supposed to voice our opinions in this world? Or is it just because there are too many confessions but not enough Christians?

  3. Youtuber says:

    Can anyone imagine with me how hard it is to maintain a Christian witness in a corporate world? To my fellow cubicle dwellers, you know what I’m talking about. It is not easy to be an effective witness to more than 1000 employees in a corporate center. It is not hard either. It is impossible. Christians everywhere, doing whatever in a secular workplace need all the prayers we can get. We are the sheep outside the green pasture. We need the support of our shepherds, i.e pastors. We need your prayers. Preachers admonish the congregation each Sunday morning/evening. We hear you. But let it be a two way street. Remember us after Sunday service is over. Many of us will go back to the “lions’ den” the rest of the week. Pray for us. Ask God to help us maintain our walk and our witness @ the workplace without any compromise. It may then result to us turning the world upside down.

  4. B says:

    Great message last Sunday and great posts this week! It’s about time the Church stood up like Peter and John in the Temple when they told anyone who would hear that they need to put their faith in His name (Acts 3).

  5. B. Canary says:

    Oh! Got goosebumps! :-)

  6. Debbie says:

    Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. Acts 14:3
    Faith without works is dead, James 2:14-26
    Let it begin with us!

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