Here are some Biblically based questions and thoughts about things we do in church:
Would Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Ezekiel, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Hosea, or Amos (or any of the other Biblical prophets) have set passively in church pews for 52 Sundays a year and never challenged anything?
The first church deacons (Acts 7) didn’t “deac”. Instead, Stephen and Philip went to the streets and stirred up persecution and revival. Should today’s deacons follow their example?
When Jesus says “Follow Me”, does He mean for us merely to say that we believe in Him and/or be an active member in a church? Or does He mean for us to personally listen to Him daily and then respond in active obedience to what He tells us — to actually do what He says?
The first altar call was not given by a preacher for people to come forward and accept Jesus. The first altar call is in Acts chapter 2. Peter is preaching — not in a church building, but on the streets. His words are so strong and fiery that people begin to give themselves an altar call. They cry out “Men and brothers, what shall we do to be saved?” The preacher didn’t ask them to be saved; but instead he was so anointed, passionate, and filled with the power of God, that they asked how to be saved. Could that perhaps be more effective than our contemporary approach?
Yes, those first Christians were pretty passionate about their love for Jesus. Everywhere they went they seemed to stir up a riot or a revival. So why do we do all we can to keep our church meetings cool, calm, and collected?