Batman is NOT a superhero.
He is a ninja with a utility belt. You know how many fights he would lose if he didn’t have that belt? He may survive, but win? Yeah right. Certainly wouldn’t have become a household name with a billion dollar franchise
In my personal devotions today I was reading “Church Zero” by Peyton Jones and I read how he compared the church to Batman, but Batman without a utility belt.
Called to protect Gotham, a dark world, but although we are rich with resources inherited by our Father for some reason we step out and leave our tools and toys at home
The early church in the book of Acts took advantage of all the heavenly resources and spiritual gifts that God provided, but not today. How many battles can we win without the utilities that God has provided us? We may survive, but win? Yeah right. Too many churches are surviving, but not thriving.
Every time I preach on Acts it boils me up, because church today is SOoooo different than the church in the book of Acts. I don’t know how anyone can read acts but be satisfied with how church is today. Actually I do know. People have not read the book of Acts. Maybe they read a story or paragraph here or there, but have they actually read from start to finish? Maybe you have. The first time I read acts I loved it and was hyped by its adventurers. It impacted me personally, because I read it with a personal lens. One should apply passages to themselves first. But when I read Acts again from a church lens, I saw church differently. I longed to see a church like the one I see in Acts. Yes I know culture is different, but we can still have the same principles and passion that they had back then.
So I decided to preach chapter by chapter through the book of Acts and go through each verse so that my church, Bedford Park, can catch the vision. I encourage you to come check out this series which is happening on Fridays at 7:30pm. You can find dates and address on my calendar. If you are not nearby, read the book of Acts from start to end from a personal lens as well as a church lens and see how it will change your life.