MMP: Devoted Together

September 4, 2017
Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Dave Hallahan.

MESSAGE: Essential Behaviors
PASSAGE: Acts 2:42-47

I’ll probably be thinking about this message for awhile. Specifically the part that, in my opinion, could have been the mic drop moment.

What if the greatest strategy for evangelism isn’t about production quality; isn’t about fantastic programs? What if the greatest evangelism strategy isn’t tied to a fancy building, or entertaining topics, or entertaining speakers? What if evangelism rests on us being devoted to one another as the body of Christ? What about our effectiveness as the body of Christs rests on us loving each other as Jesus has called us to?

Mark’s too classy to drop the mic during a sermon and with the headset it would be too cumbersome anyway. But I think that paragraph is a sermon in and of itself. At the 11:00 service, Mark added that instead we have been too busy making sure people know if they are right or wrong, if they believe the right thing or not.

Already in thinking through this message, two things have come to mind. One is from a book I am currently reading discussing the tangling of Christianity and politics. Discussing the original marriage of Church & State, author Keith Giles says that Pre-Constantinian Christianity was defined as being prepared to put the teachings of Christ into practice in one’s daily life even to the point of death. Post-Constantinian Christianity has become defined as accepting the basic doctrines of the faith, regardless of how one lives day-to-day.

If there’s any other DC Talk fans out there, you’ll remember the second thing that has come to mind. In the intro to their song “What if I Stumble?” there is a clip of Brennan Manning saying, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

I think, in large part, it’s this shift that has caused Christians to lose the favor of all the people. When we get back to essential behaviors and being the body of Christ the world takes notice. And the world may not want to participate in self-sacrificial love, but they’ll recognize and admire it for sure. I want to get back to that in my own life. What I believe matters, but it matters less than how much I’m willing to put Jesus’ teachings into practice.