Wednesday is for Thinking
This is a remarkable text that makes a statement about the ministry of Jesus in Jerusalem and the continuing ministry of the apostles after the resurrection that is stunning when you consider they had no signage, no speaker system, no flyers, and brochures, or leaflets or any other type of “advertising” letting the community know that he was coming.
Yet, all of “Jerusalem was filled with His teaching.” Think about that.
Acts 5:27–33 (ESV)
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
How can we “fill our town” with the teaching of Christ”?
How can we “fill our town” with the news of Christ?
Is verse 33 the biggest reason why this ISN’T happening in your town (my town), i.e. the fear of persecution?
2 thoughts on “What Will it Take to Fill Up Your Town with the Good News?”
Really want to give this some thought. What would it look like to see your county (Iroquois, IL or York County, SC) “filled up with the teaching of Christ?” How can we get that done? Isn’t this an ambition worth giving our days to?
Maybe something like:
* 50 days of communal prayer and waiting on God.
* An intoxication with the idea that Jesus was serious about his command in Matt. 28 16-20.
* A willingness to suffer for His names sake.
* An apostolic commitment like verse 29: “We must obey God rather than men.”