by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, December 15, 2016
Paul: How’s the church going, Peter? Attendance seems to be slipping.
Peter: We’re doing pretty good with the Older folks but that Generation XIII is hard to reach. Infant Boomers seem to be drifting away and I’m having a tough time reaching the Milleniums.
John Mark: Yeah, that temple of Diana is drawing them away. They have festivals and feasts every weekend. The music is so loud you can’t hear yourself pray.
Paul: Hmmmm. Have you considered kick-starting our music, Peter? Those Psalms are pretty boring. Maybe bring in a rams horn or two. Drums?
John Mark: And dancing? David danced, you know.
Peter: We’ve changed the time we assemble on The Lord’s Day. Those with offspring have a difficult time making it by the third hour.
Paul: Have you tried hosting a block party? Some fun and games for families?
Peter: Of course. And we had a pretty good turn out, too. No new folks assembled with us, though.
Peter: Maybe we three should go to a conference. There’s one in Jerusalem next month. I hear there’s a break-out class on how to get your people to give more. And our finances could sure use that.
John Mark: I still think the dancing thing is worth a try.
Peter: I still long for the good old days like in Jerusalem when “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”*
John Mark: That just doesn’t get it any more, bro. Families just got too much going on.
Paul: Bro? John Mark, you are losing it.
John Mark: All I know is that the temple of Diana is bursting at the seams. And rumor has it that they took up over 500 shekels of silver the other day.
Paul: 500 shekels? In one day? Can you show me a few of your dance moves……..bro?
I want to encourage everyone to read Acts 2:1-45 and think about where the church is today compared to then. I know that culture has changed and we must make concessions culturally but still….only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can save and change a person. Let’s covenant to never forget the centrality of the cross in all we do as a church.
* (Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)
Say good things about your Savior and about His church in Bluff Park.