Thursday, November 01, 2007

Acts 1:8 Church Part 4

The third stand of DNA of a Acts 1:8 church is Reproducing.

He told them, "You don't get to know the time. Timing is the Father's business. What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world."

This thing we are doing is not supposed to be a country club. It is not supposed to be us four and no more. Jesus is saying that it is going to start where we are and then go out from there.

Now from my perspective...most churches have the Jerusalem part down locally....and then they jump right over to the ends of the world.

Here is where I could get on a soap-box real quick and this go really long, but I won't. Facts are in America there are 2,793 counties with a population less than 150,000. That population of around 67,000,000 would be the 19th largest country in the world. But yet we continue to overlook it and go to the ends of the earth.

Don't get me wrong there are some great pastors speckled across this country, but as a church we should be reproducing to the smaller counties and cities surrounding us giving them the resource of a larger church in perhaps a more dense population center. This would be an ever expanding circle that grows to the ends of the earth.

How do you see that the church could reproduce?


Anonymous said...

Wow, i never looked at the last part of the scripture like that! It gives a new meaning to love your neighbor. Dude, get on that soap box!!!

Jarrod Martin said...

I agree, Jason. My church of only 2 years is located in a very rural area, and despite the hundreds of churches, the majority of people aren't attending any church. The numbers are astounding: there are so many unreached people right down the road.

I think most churches think about going far away because they're afraid of competition--as if that would be bad for the Kingdom of God! If only we could get unchurched people to have to make a choice!

Jason Curlee said...

Thanks for both of the comments...I think I will get on that soap box in a week or two.

Thanks Jarrod I so agree…we could probably plant 4 or 5 of the same churches in a town and if we really do try to reach the lost there would never be any competition.

Jarrod Martin said...

Jason, I'm linking to your blog on mine. I really like what I've seen so far, and I appreciate your willingness to help me out.

The Journey Church ( is in Murray, KY. Calloway County has about 33,000 people when Murray State is in session. Right now, we're meeting on campus, and fighting the stigma of being a "college church." But, we have done some great things to reach into the family population.