Summary: A vibrant church is one that has resounding Life, and that life comes from the source, Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior.
The Vibrant Church
Pastor Glenn Newton 5-4-03
Acts 2: 36-47
Stan Toler, Pastor/Authur and Speaker from Trinity Church of the Nazarene in OK City,
OK. was telling us about his visit to Dr. Chow’s church in S.E. Asia a couple of years ago.
Dr. Toler was investigating why this church was the biggest, and fastest growing church in
the world. You want to know how big the church is? Around 300,00 at the time, it’s
hard to keep track it’s growing so fast. Listen to this, the church members are only
allowed to attend the church once a month, they are on a rotation so that new people will
be able to get into the services. Dr. Chow has multiple services, all week long. It’s
beyond my imagination.
Stan Toler had made an appointment to speak with Dr. Chow, and as he waited he was in
the Sanctuary and noticed that people were lined up and being baptized, the whole time he
was there the line never got smaller. When Dr. Chow came in, Stan Toler asked him if
this was normal, Dr. Chow told him, listen to this, 2,000 people a day are baptized,
New Hope Family...... 2,000 people are being saved, and baptized everyday. Can you say
WOW? Say it backwards.... WOW!
Last Sunday Nola and I celebrated six years of marriage bliss with you, so I asked myself,
what if we had led one person to the Lord every week for the last six years....... we would
have 312 new Christians! Wouldn’t that be awesome? It seems impossible to think that
way doesn’t it? Why? Because we have never seen anything like that in our experience....
so we think, NO Way. I know one thing.... God wants people saved.... and God has given
us the ministry of reconciling his world with Him.... So I believe that God wants to
perform miracles in the lives of people and save them, don’t you?
Today we are celebrating with our New Members as they have joined our fellowship....
and each one has made a profession of Faith before you today that they have trusted Jesus
as Savior and Lord, and I believe all of Heaven celebrates with us today.... Don’t you?
Will we ever see 2,000 people being baptized a day in Clarksville, AR. ? We could, but it
could only last a week because we would run out of people after that, right? The truth is
God wants us to be a Vibrant Church, a church that is alive and is winning the lost and
discipling it’s believers to be great people of Faith...... and this is what we are going to
accomplish right here at New Hope, we are going to strive to be a Vibrant Church...
What does that word Vibrant mean? Vibrant means “resounding Life.”
A vibrant church is one that has resounding Life, and that life comes from the source,
Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior.
I was trying to think of a way to describe to you this word Vibrant.. this resounding life..
I decided if you want to see what Vibrant means.... then you need to make a little trip here
to the church about 9am anyday of the week, and just watch our 51 children that come to
Next Generation..... Just watch them go.... just watch them play..... just watch them
socialize.... just watch them run....... these little people have an abundance of resounding
life in them. Then look at the teachers who are trying to keep up, and you will see that
look of deer in the spotlight look. No, really our teachers do a great job with all this
energy moving around them.
Vibrant life.... it’s not just about having lots of energy though.... it’s more than that. This
resounding life that God gives us is also found in that inner strength, that quiet
detemination that God gives his people to carry out His plans........ One of the people that
I know demonstrates this on a consistent basis is my wife, Nola. She is one detemined
person, when God speaks to her about something...... it will get done make no mistake
about it. This resounding life is in her and you can sense it, and feel it when your around
Let’s look at our Scripture... and as we read think about you hear that are marks of this
early church that made this church Vibrant, full of life.
AC 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name
of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the
Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far
off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."
AC 2:40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save