If we look back over two thousand years of church history, we can trace periods of spontaneous growth and expansion. “Men received the doctrine of "Salvation" which gave them new hope, and therefore could not refrain from propagating (spreading) it. They were opposed by the religious authority of their day. Then at the risk of life they persisted in expressing this Spirit-given instinct to share a joy in "Salvation", this grace which seeks the salvation of others. They broke away from all the religious orders they knew, and wild expansions were the immediate result. Though the movement was in opposition to the ordered religious life of the country, the spontaneous expression was confined to comparatively few. The great majority desired traditional religious order. In a remarkably short time, the opposers created order, even to the point of division in the church.”
What has happened to our understanding of the power of God in the gospel? Do you allow the religious structure of your culture or tradition to hinder the freedom God gave us in Christ to spread His message? Perhaps we need to go back to the point of our own conversion and allow the Spirit to reignite that original fervor to tell others of what the gospel has done in us.
Roland Allen, Edited by Sherman Driver
Link To Our Old Blog: