Pastor Challenge 2015 #2 — Step aside and let the living Jesus lead at least 1 Sunday morning church meeting all by Himself. (Click here to see Pastor Challenge 2015 #1.)
Here’s how: 1) Begin by reading 1 Corinthians 14:26 to the congregation from a microphone on the floor in front of the platform. (“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.”)
2) Next say a spontaneous, unplanned prayer from your heart surrendering the meeting to Jesus and to His direct control & leadership.
3) Then go sit down in the congregation and watch what God does with ordinary people during the next hour or so.
(There is a scene in the Max Lucado movie, The Christmas Candle, where a church meeting like this actually happens.)
“Hitherto we had been the leaders and helpers. Now the Holy Spirit Himself took full control of everything and everybody.” —-Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
WWJD? What will Jesus do (when we let Him lead a church meeting)? People have seen what happens when one man leads a church meeting . . . Perhaps, now, we need to see what happens in a church meeting when we let the living Jesus lead us.
“I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. –Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
Will you, pastor, accept this challenge? It takes courage. You must be “calm and fearless.” But the results will make the living Jesus amazingly real to you and to your congregation.
Many pastors accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise money for a non-profit organization. Why not accept this challenge to raise awareness of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ in your own congregation?
(To answer your question, “Has this been done before?” Yes! When you read church history you see that when spiritual awakening happens the living Jesus takes control in gatherings of people. Acts 2 is the first example.)