Thursday, September 6th, 2012
AMTC Movement: A Church Without A Roof (Part 1)
God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
Acts 17:24 (NKJV)
They uncovered the roof where He was.
Mark 2:4 (NKJV)
Jesus cannot be contained. He is not restricted to churches. Nor is He bound by walls. But surely 'Christ is the Head of the church; He is the Savior of the body' (Ephesians 5:23)--which is to say us. And we, His followers, are the church. Where He goes, we go. His church is a living, loving, growing union of our body and His Spirit.
Unfortunately, many traditional churches have 'Unwelcome' signs painted on the faces of the congregation. Their rule books vary and confuse newcomers. Therefore, 21st-century disciples must grab God's Rule Book, blow the roof off man-made traditions, and get about His business.
Consider the movement of the Holy Spirit: 'The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit' (John 3:8).
Consider the empowering of the first disciples: 'And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting' (Acts 2:2).
Now consider actors, models, and talent for Christ: a church without a roof--a new generation of disciples traveling the world on the airwaves of media. Like their Leader, they work in the 'show and tell' business. First they show their excellence in behavior and performance--even in signs and wonders.
And when the time is right, they tell about it--both the power and hope of their calling.
No earthly structure can hold them, because the Spirit cannot be held. Instead, It joins them to a better Building--a Building on the move. Jesus told them to 'Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature' (Mark 16:15). And so they do.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the AMTC Movement series.