I have heard a phrase about evangelism that has caused me to think a lot. When I discuss with some what plans we have for the church plant, where we will be worshipping (Lincoln High School), our plans for the launch worship, and how we will be reaching out--I have had a few mention something to me. "We don't want to be forcing or leading the Spirit do we?" While I understand what they are thinking my response has been, "How are we forcing the Spirit." "Well, it seems like you are telling the Spirit what to do."
I guess I have thought and prayed about this and come up with some questions.
1. We know that the Spirit drives us and the church to reach the lost. Acts teaches us that the Spirit sends out and pushes Peter to go to the Gentiles.
2. We know that the Spirit wants people to come to Jesus.
3. We know that the Spirit has always been leading God's people to evangelism.
4. We know that the problem has never been that we have been more evangelistic than God has called us to be.
5. We have confessed every year to not sharing our faith as we should.
6. We are greatly outnumbered now by unchurched people. Christianity has acknowledged that we have focused inward for too long.
So, are we telling the Spirit what to do, or are we finally acknowledging what the Spirit has called us to be?
Are we leading the Spirit or catching up to where the Spirit has been leading for 2000 years?
Are we forcing the Spirit or finally dreaming as the Spirit wants us to dream?
Maybe the Spirit just wants us to move?
Maybe God just wants us to dream something big?
Maybe Jesus wants us to follow rather than sit still?