August 20, 2012 by cbbeard
Have you ever noticed when you read the Book of Acts that the church we read about there is not very static?
First, there is the amazing growth that took place by multiplication. The church grew from 12 disciples and a small crowd of others to thousands virtually overnight! We are told that every day, more disciples were being made.
Secondly, the church didn’t stay in one place. Before Jesus ascended to heaven after his death and resurrection, he told his disciples that they would be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8). And that’s what happened! The church started in Jerusalem and was spread throughout the known world.
Have you ever noticed when you look at the “church of today” is a lot more static? I think its time that we re-introduce some movement into the church; in fact I think the church, when it is at its best IS a movement.
So how do we start a movement? Watch this video for some instruction:
Some thoughts I love from this video:
“A leader must have the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous.” – The leadership needed to bring movement and momentum into the church is going to have to stand out. The changes necessary to create movement and momentum in the church may seem ridiculous at first!
“The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.” – The first followers require just as much guts as the lone nut! When I look at leaders in the Bible, I see that many of them had the courage to stand out; but we cannot overlook the importance of that first group of people that said “sure, I’ll walk out into the parted Red Sea” or “sure, we can take this city with some trumpets and torches!” In fact, you can see how detrimental it is to not have first followers in Numbers 13 and 14. Joshua and Caleb were the “lone nuts” who said “We can take the Promised Land, God is with us!” But there were no first followers. And so the entire nation rebelled, and there was no movement.
“The second follower is a turning point.” – Notice that the second follower joined because of the first follower! There is great power and leadership in following courageously!
“Now we’ve got momentum!” – Two more, then three more people join, and then there is a tipping point where the group becomes a movement, and the snowball down the mountain grows bigger and quicker. Once the movement starts and others join in, the new paradigm that seemed different and strange at first, starts to seem normal! And now we have a movement.
So what do you think? What role might you serve in the creation of a movement? How do we get others to follow our example, either as the “lone nut” or the “first and second follower?”