19th November 2016

Turn The World Upside Down 

“…These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here.”
Acts 17:6 (NIV)

What is it that the church needs more of? Well a few more troublemakers would be very useful. Yes, you did read that correctly, the church needs more troublemakers. That’s what Paul and his companions were called when, “he reasoned with [the Jews] from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. ‘This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,’ he said” (Acts 17:2-3)

This message “turned the world upside down” (verse 6 ESV) and we need more people who are willing and prepared shake up our world with the gospel message—the message of love instead of hatred, grace instead of retribution, and that all are included in Jesus’ sacrifice. This message is so counter-cultural that whenever and wherever it’s preached the world will be changed.

The question for us is do we want to turn our world upside down? To be a world-changer for Jesus Christ we have to get out into the world and let them know what we believe if we ever expect anyone to join us in the cause of the kingdom. We have got to reach the point where we live out the conviction that nothing is more important than the expansion of God’s kingdom as people come to place their faith in Christ.

There was once a man who, when he went fishing, always seemed to bring home a lot of fish. People wondered how he could be so successful and so one day a man asked to go with him. The two men set out early one morning and went across the lake to a secluded area. The fisherman didn’t have a fishing rod, just a net and a rusty old box. He opened the box and pulled out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and tossed it into the water. It blew up and the fish rose to the surface. The fisherman began dipping his net into the water pulling the fish in. At this point the other man pulled out from his pocket the credentials of a game warden. Calmly, the fisherman opened the box again, got out another stick of dynamite, lit the fuse & handed it to the game warden. Then, as the fuse burned down, the fisherman asked, “Are you going to fish or are you just going to sit there?”

We have the most powerful message of all in our hands; that Jesus the Messiah died for us and is alive again. What are we going to do – Fish, or just sit there?

Prayer
Father, give me a heart to be a world-changer for your Kingdom and empower me to be a mighty force in extending your Kingdom as I share the gospel message about your Son.
Amen

Study by Barry Robinson

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About the Author: barryrobinson
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON SE5 7HN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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