I have a confession to make. I Tweet. I am a Twitter user. If you are a regular reader to Provocative Church, that confession will come at no surprise. But perhaps many are scratching your heads saying what is Twitter? or Why the appeal? You can read my post HERE to understand more of why I Twitter and what Twitter is all about.
But suffice it to say, Twitter is one of the most rapidly growing sites on the internet. The amount of users signing on everyday is staggering. From a recent article post at TechCrunch,Twitter traffic almost doubled in just the month of April. In March Twitter reached 9.3 million, an increase of more than 5 million visitors, or 131%, from February.
That kind of explosive growth of Twitter got me thinking of just how the church grows. The church is meant not to be a static institution but rather it is a dynamic and explosive movement. In the early church, we see examples of that explosive growth.
"And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself. And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, Save yourselves from this crooked generation. So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls."-Acts 2:38-41
Throughout Acts and these passages you can see the tangible and exponential growth.
Acts:1:15 = 120 believers
Acts:2:41 = 3000 believers
Acts:2:47 = The Lord added to their number
Acts:4:4 = 5000 believers
Acts:5:14 = more and more... Believed
Acts:6:7 = the number increased rapidly
There is an expectancy that where the Gospel of Jesus Christ goes out -people believe, lives change and the Kingdom grows.
That is what you and I can expect when we go out into the world with Jesus.
When we live our life among our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, filled up with the love of Jesus - an impact is made.
When we serve others with a love and sacrifice motivated by the love of Jesus - an impact is made.
When we winsomely, lovingly and genuinely share with people the love of Jesus - an impact is made.
We may think Twitter's growth is something to marvel at...but it doesn't even compare to the growth, power and movement of the Kingdom of God.