I was listening to a new podcast the other day (new to me, that is) when the host half jokingly asked his guest if Jesus would ever be the pastor of a megachurch. The guest replied by saying, “He would probably get hired, but He would quickly be fired.” My first thought was: what an interesting dialogue. My second thought was: he was wrong!
In fact, the truth is, Jesus put “mega” in the phrase megachurch. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said these words, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Clearly, Jesus has built the “mega-est” church ever.
The real question is not, “Would Jesus be the pastor of a megachurch?” The real question is: how did He build the one He has? The short answer is this: He built it with a movement of multiplying disciples. He started with twelve men that made disciples, that made disciples, and so on. That really is how He did it. Jesus reached more people than we can count by simply making disciples that made more disciples. That’s pure genius!
The sad thing about the Church that Jesus built is that He left it in our hands. Honestly, the Church we have now is not the Church He started. I say it all the time – Jesus started the Church the way He wanted it, and now He wants it the way He started it! I didn’t come up with that statement. I don’t know who did- but they are right.
Somewhere over the last two thousand plus years, the Church has become a movement of adding disciples rather than a movement of multiplying disciples. The Church is no longer experiencing exponential growth as it did in the book of Acts. In most cases, at least in North America, the Church is maintaining or declining. That is not the Church Jesus started!
If the Church returned to a movement of multiplying disciples, she could blow the lid off megachurch status! Mega comes from multiplying, and the only reason Jesus wants a megachurch is because He has mega-love for all men, and wants no one to perish. Who wouldn’t want the Church to be mega if it means more people populating Heaven?
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