Jesus said, “Go make disciples…” Are we missing something? I heard a preacher say once, “When reading the book of Acts, you will not read of one person who ate a bite, drank a drop, or slept a wink after hearing the gospel before he surrendered his life to Christ.” I suspect I have repeated that a thousand times in the past, but not in the last decade. Am I missing something?

Isn’t it also true that those first disciples went out with a message so powerful that, for the most part, converts were made after one presentation? What was their message? Do we have the same message and the same power? Are we missing something? “Is the book of Acts a book of examples or a book of exceptions?”(Rick Atchley) What did these folks have that we don’t have?

I invite you to examine the nine (9) conversion stories in the book of Acts and see if you can discover what we are missing.

I also ask, “If you had the opportunity, right now, with someone sitting right in front of you, that you could share the message of salvation with, what would you share?” Do you have a plan? What are we missing?

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  1. Long time no hear (about 42 yrs, I guess)…

    Yes, I agree, we are missing something. “We” lost it slowly, but definitely. “We” lost it by wanting to be like “everyone else…” “We” lost it because we did not want to seem judgmental. “We” lost it because “we” thought “our” name was carrying too much negative baggage.

    What we lost? Our sense of “lostness” being a reality. “We” have lost the idea that unless someone is baptized, they truly are lost, whether they are good people or not. We have lost the sense of what it means to be a Christian.

    We have lost the idea of what unity really is about – that it is not about agreeing to disagree with those who are “mostly” like us. That the Baptist theology is acceptable to God, as well. That “I have received Jesus in my heart, and now I am saved” is an acceptable theology.

    “Our” story is no longer considered exceptional” when the example of influential people like Max Lucado is followed.After all, “People like him should know…”

    We have “name changes” for our congregations since “church of Christ” has such bad vibes that come with it. NOTE: I am not “married” to that name, but the reason as stated is what bothers me!

    If our ‘message” is no longer one of urgency, based on a understanding of “lostness,” of course “we” no longer make disciples. When “we” neither look nor sound different, what is left?

    When “we” are looking to become “progressives” do “we” ever stop to think about where we end up? When “our” schools have the same thing to say about the Bible as the local state universities (On inspiration, content not being actually true etc.) why bother about making disciples? They hear nothing different from “us.”

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