ALL-CHURCH FOCUS 2018 DEVOTIONAL

August 26th, Day #8

the journey from crowd to curious

We have people from all over the world who have relocated here to Southern California. Some have migrated here to find a new life, some have come to escape oppression in their native land, some have moved here for business, and some have come because it is a wonderful place to live. As a result we have a fabulously diverse community. My wife teaches kindergarten in Cypress and she has over 10 languages spoken in her class. What diversity!

 

But even if we speak the same language, we live in a world with diversity in how we think, our family backgrounds, our beliefs, and worldviews. This is the crowd that surrounds our church campuses. Many don’t know who Jesus is. They don’t know the hope found in the Bible. What we call the “crowd,” the Bible calls “all nations.”

 

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20.

 

This Crowd/all nations are the people who live in the areas listed in Acts 1:8:

 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

 

God’s deep desire is to move people of the crowd – those who know little or nothing of God and what it means to live in Him – to a place where they are is curious about Him. God is constantly at work – in ordinary and extraordinary ways – to move the crowd towards Himself. God even uses us as His witnesses (Acts 1:8) to create opportunities for the crowd to be stirred with curiosity to seek God more. It is this journey – from the crowd to the curious – that we want to focus on this week.

 

Reviewing the Gameboard

This week we’re looking at how we get in the game and make the move from the Crowd to the Curious. 

Game Lingo

Since we’re talking about the transition from the Crowd to the Curious, let’s review what we mean by each of these.


Crowd - These are the non-believers/un-churched people of our community. They are part of the over one million people that live in a ten mile radius of our church. They know nothing to very little about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit or the Bible, and tend not to care. They could be of another religion, a humanist, atheist, agnostic, and have no religious interest or desire. They do not have a faith in the God of the Bible. Again, this is where every single one of us begins our spiritual journey.


Curious - These people have a desire to know more about Jesus. They are spiritually sensitive and a little hungry to learn more about what they have seen and experienced in regards to the Bible, faith, and the Triune God.