Wednesday, January 10, 2018

When Christians Come To Town...

Acts 8:4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city.
I spent most of last month on this blog dwelling on what is means when Christ comes - to our town and to our lives.  So what does it mean when Christians, His followers, believers come to town? Here in Acts we find out. Sometimes there was a lot of commotion, because the Gospel is in many ways so radical. But often there was great joy, because life, deliverance, cleansing and forgiveness has come. Do we have that kind of influence when we "come to town?" I recently heard an old complaint about Christians resurface - that when churchgoers go out to eat after church on Sunday, they are the worst patrons at restaurants; when they "come to town" to eat, they act anything but like Christ. There is no way we are going to "turn the world upside down" in a good way when we act this way.  May our town rejoice when they hear we are coming, much more than when kids hear the man in red and white is coming.

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