Our little church could compare ourselves to other larger churches who have much more money, people, resources than we do. Then we might become compelled to feel insecure about ourselves, perhaps even despairing.
But those things aren’t important to us. Instead, we believe in a Gospel that changed the entire world through the lives of only 12 people. They had no money (Acts 3:6), and probably gathered in small numbers (Acts 2:46), but yet they had something much more powerful than rockin’ worship music or motivational speakers. They had the Holy Spirit.
Christianity shouldn’t have taken off like it did. The only reason why lives were changed for eternity was because God was at work through this small number of uneducated people.
Our church asks the question: shouldn’t the same be true today? We serve an incredible God. Jesus really did rise from the dead, He really is alive today, and through the Holy Spirit, He has given us that same power. How incredible that we have been made the very children of GOD.
That’s why we feel that certain things churches feel they need to be “effective” are unnecessary. What could happen if a small group of people in the insignificant town of Ault, Colorado opened themselves up to the Holy Spirit and made ourselves completely obedient to His will? How might the Gospel spread through this region through seemingly insignificant people in a small community church?
One of our church’s Scripture verses is the following:
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
If, and only when, this verse could be said about our church, we will have become a “successful” church. Not if we grow into a megachurch, or if we can build a state-of-the-art building, or if we shatter church growth statistics.
We continue to pray that God will supernaturally work through us to reach our communities for Christ.
“Transformed by Jesus to love and serve our communities.”