A Survey on Where God Worked in Acts by Glenn Rogers
Borrowing the title phrase from Judges 6:13 allows me to share with you something that may be surprising but is even more profound. My study this spring lead me to look at Acts and see how many of the miracles recorded in this book occurred in a church service. NOT MANY!
I chose not to count individual conversions as miracles in this, but the multiple conversions I did include. We know and surely believe that God saving a soul is His most marvelous and eternal work!
How did it breakdown? Only ONE miracle actually happened in what we would call a church service. This was God raising Eutychus from the dead. To expand this, eight more occurred in a religious setting, like Pentecost, earthquake at an impromptu prayer meeting, etc. So where did the rest of the 45 miracles happen? You probably guessed it – as the believers were going about living Gospel-centered, Gospel-sharing lives, this is where God showed up and performed most of the miracles.
Of course, we should continue to seek the powerful presence of God in our church services. Yet it is not all about the Sunday service! Seeing how and where the Lord worked in the early church, should we not also be leading our people to look for and expect God to use them mightily apart from our regular assemblies. Look at Acts 3 and 4 to see a prime example.
We must equip our people for such a Gospel-centered, Christ-led experience that they will see Him work as they are going; and we must also be seeking and experiencing the same.