Ok, there are lots of things you shouldn’t be without when it comes to church multiplication efforts. For example, you need people, a leader, volunteers, music, something for kids and at least one Bible. Of course, the list is much greater than that.
But one thing that doesn’t often make the top of our checklists is power. Not actual power, as I would assume you are in a building that has that capacity, but the Spirit’s power! Acts 1:8 says: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” You see, Jesus gave us this incredibly difficult Great Commission, but not without the power to do it.
It’s amazing to me how much of what we call church couldbe done without the Spirit’s power. We have gifted leaders who can communicate, skilled musicians, dedicated volunteers, heated buildings, religious freedom in our nation, ways to mass communicate, technology, and so much more that doesn’tnecessarily need the Spirit’s power. We could do all of this on our own. But how successful would we be?
It’s interesting to track the national stats through our ACLR reports, as it relates to reported conversions and total number of disciple-making communities. In 2015, our Fellowship recorded our highest ever number of disciple-making communities, but one of our lowest reported conversion numbers. (Pause…Yes, I’m aware the ACLR reports may not be the most accurate picture we can get, but it still does give us a picture to look at from across our nation.)This comparison was surprising to me. You would think that the more access points to the gospel we have, the more conversions we would see. I’m sure there are many good explanations for this, but I’m wondering if it could be as simple as this: we aren’t seeing the power of God like we could be! The power He gives for salvations, for boldness and courage, for healing and miracles, for deliverance and breakthrough; we desperately need God’s power. Would you agree?
We can congregate, but God captivates. We can stimulate, but God saturates. We can populate, but only God can penetrate. We need greater hunger in our hearts again for the moving of God’s Spirit in our churches. This cannot be an afterthought. It’s the Spirit of God that draws people to Jesus. It’s the Spirit of God that emboldens people to share their faith. It’s the Spirit of God that causes courage to rise up in our preachers. It’s the Spirit of God that leads people to freedom, and it’s the Spirit of God that brings wholeness to the hurting and broken. We are limited, but God is not! Let’s fast and pray, seek His face, raise our faith and believe God wants to pour out His Spirit on Canada! Call on the name of the Lord again and again. Believe He wants to use each and every one of us! Let’s pray right now that God would start with us and fill us afresh with His power today!“God, I pray for my heart to be stirred for your presence. For without you, I can do nothing. Let my life be an overflowing river of Your power and presence. May my eyes and my heart be open to your everyday leading. I pray for courage to respond in quick obedience. We need your power to touch our families, our leaders, our churches, and our nation. We are desperate for you to move. Call us to greater levels of prayer and urgency. All for your glory alone. Amen.”