The Engaged Church Series

Last week, we looked at the authentic church. We took six characteristics out of Acts 1.

We noted how the modern church has wrestled with its relevance.

The original church did not.

John Maxwell says, “the only way a church is going to be relevant is to get out of its comfort zone and connect with unchurched people.”

“How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “ How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.””
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:14-15‬ ‭NET‬‬

…how are they to preach unless they are sent?

Peculiar question…want to guess what the word for sent is?

Apostolic…as a verb!

Today we want to understand what was the catalyst for the original church to become apostolic.

Acts 2

The original church was waiting, praying, preaching…basically doing what we are doing here today.

They had been told to wait for the power. They had also been told to pray for their daily bread.

Our daily bread is not meant to be the emotional residue of our worship service or the takeaways of the Pastor…our daily bread is Jesus! Our daily bread is the Spirit of God residing in us.

“Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!”

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” With many other words he testified and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation!” So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:1-6, 11, 38-41‬ ‭NET‬‬

The baptism of the Holy Spirit was designed to engage the church, to send them out completely occupied by reaching others.

The word engaged means:

Formally agreed to marry
Busy; occupied

We will focus on the latter meaning.

To be occupied at or by something means to prioritize something. It means to focus all our efforts toward a singular goal or task.

Today we talk about our occupation. We engage in our work (some more than others).

They used to describe how the soldiers would engage in battle.

In the Bible this idea is conveyed by the word to “sanctify”.

“But set Christ apart (sanctify) as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:15-16‬ ‭NET‬‬

The interesting thing about the word sanctify is that in the Greeks it is hagiazo….it means to make holy.

The Spirit wants to sanctify us.

I repeat:

The baptism of the Holy Spirit was designed to engage the church, to send them out completely occupied by reaching others.

People say it was just a one time event…YouTube video arctic fire

There has been one glaring hole in our apostolic ministry as long as I have been in our church: evangelism.

I am going to end with the same question as last week:

Do we want to be a member of an authentic engaged church?

Pastor James Sanders