For me, the most amazing book in the Bible is the book of Acts. It is full of action and advancement of the Good News about Jesus Christ. Acts shows the early followers of Jesus, unlike the Christians of today, turning the world upside down.
Everywhere the followers of Christ went, there was either a revival or a riot. Those passionate believers could not be ignored — brushed aside as irrelevant. Their words and lifestyle was polarizing, calling forth a response.
Acts is not an aberration. It is normal Christianity. The deviation from God’s norm for His people didn’t happen in the book of Acts. The aberration happened afterwards. After the earliest believers died, the fullness of their zeal for God was not passed on. Over generations, faith became intellectual rather than Spirit-led; traditional rather than heart-felt; a small appendage of life rather than life’s all-consuming passion.
So nowadays we live in an abnormal faith environment — Sunday-go-to-meeting, doctrine over lifestyle, lethargic liturgy rather than fiery faith. Meanwhile the handbook for anointed action and advancement surrounds us, buried in the Bibles that abound in our country.
Millions now reject Christianity. Millions are leaving churches every year because they find them boring, uninspiring, and tradition bound. Yet perhaps those who reject faith in Christ are unaware that they are rejecting an abnormal form of Christianity and that they are not rejecting the real deal.
So if you have rejected Christ (or church) based on what you have seen and/or read about church and the people who call themselves Christians (nowadays or in history), you have rejected a faded copy rather than the real thing.
To be fair, you need to learn about authentic Christianity. The place to do that is the book of Acts. It is a short book. I challenge you to have an open mind and read Acts today!
If you live in Nashville, come and visit a non-traditional church seeking to follow the lifestyle presented in Acts: The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207, Sundays @ 10:45 am. & Thursdays @ 6:30 pm.