I couldn’t help noticing this as I was reading through Acts recently:
Acts 4:4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
Many people like to attach a size to what they consider to be a biblical church. ‘A biblical church is a house church’. ‘Once your church gets over about 200 it’s no longer following the biblical model’. What we see in the Bible, though, is all sorts of different size churches, from house churches to mega churches. And which came first? The mega church. In the first four chapters of Acts we see the church grow to 3,000 people and then on again in chapter 4 to over 5,000 (Luke records 5,ooo men – if he’s only counting men then we could more than double this figure). Who knows what this meant for their meetings and organisation? Despite whatever faults or flaws we may see in mega churches, their are biblical in proportion. Wouldn’t it be great if many more of our churches grew to that size!
While studying for exams I came across these extraordinary words of Jesus:
Luke 10:22-24 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
If I were a non-Christian reading these words of Jesus I couldn’t help but notice the incredible arrogance of the statement. Jesus is that almost everyone of any importance in Israel’s history wanted to see Jesus. It’s akin to saying, ‘You guys are awesomely privileged beyond anyone in our national history because you get to hear and see me‘. It’s breathtaking! Not only that, but he has just claimed that he alone can teach us about God (his Father). These are hardly the words of a ‘good teacher’ as so many people think Jesus was these days.
When I read these words as a Christian I find myself profoundly agreeing with Jesus. The disciples were incredibly privileged to be eye and ear witnesses of Jesus, who was God himself walking among us on earth. Thank God that they recorded what they saw and heard in the Bible for us so that we too can have Jesus reveal to us the Father as we read the Bible.
My wife Simone and I lived in Sale for nearly nine years. During that time we really loved the town and the people. We saw the birth of the first three of our four children in Sale. As my time in the RAAF was drawing to a close we decided that the most loving thing we could do for Sale was to move away, be well trained in ministry, and then return to plant a Reformed Evangelical church. This is exactly what we are in the process of doing. I’ll finish my training at Moore Theological College at the end of this year and then we’ll return to Sale to start Flooding Creek Community Church. Others have caught this vision and are excited to join us in this project. We are now a growing group of Christians looking to introduce as many people in Sale to Jesus as possible.
There are three great reasons to plant a church in Sale:
- Sale is a town of 15,000 people, the vast majority of whom do not know Jesus. The days are short and we need to reach the town with the saving message of the gospel. The best way to do this is to plant a Reformed Evangelical Church in Sale.
- The RAAF Base at Sale is a training base which every officer who joins the RAAF will visit for at least four months. Christian ministry onto the base has a national, even international, impact.
- Gippsland needs Evangelical churches. There are some great churches in Gippsland, but there are not nearly enough. Sale is geographically central to Gippsland and a great base from which to plant more Reformed Evangelical churches in Gippsland.
Please join us on this important adventure. If you live in Sale then we’d love to talk to you about joining with us. If you live elsewhere, why not come with us for a gospel adventure in Sale? We covet your prayer and financial partnership also. All the details you need are on this site.
All for Jesus glory!