We Are Not the Most Unchurched Generation in History

I’ve said it before, “The generation after my generation is the most unchurched generation in the history of the world…and we need to act or (fill in your doom and gloom statement here).”

Statistics show that the church is declining (at least it is in America.)

However, I’ve recently run across an idea in the Scriptures that totally blew up the theory that the next generation is the most unchurched generation…because…

Two thousand years ago, the entire WORLD was UNCHURCHED!  (Uh…that would make it the most unchurched generation EVER!) Seriously, 0% of the population OF THE WORLD went to church.

Then Jesus did that thing in Caesarea Philippi (see Matthew 16:13-19) where He literally launched the church.  (I love it that He went to a pagan city to do it!)

There were around 12 people there-TWELVE!!!  (I’m still thinking this was the MOST unchurched generation in history!)

By the time we get to Acts 1:15, we have about 120 people in the church…and we see that they…

  • Were filled with vision from Jesus
  • Focused on Jesus and His resurrection
  • Were empowered by the Holy Spirit
  • Focused on God’s Word
  • Were not obsessed with keeping religious people happy (which cost many of them their lives!)

And the result…by the time we get to Acts 2:41, Luke (who wrote the book of Acts) had actually stopped counting it had gotten so huge.

AND…I believe the church has as much potential in today’s world as they did back then!  We just need to get our focus back…which was…

  • Were filled with vision from Jesus
  • Focused on Jesus and His resurrection
  • Were empowered by the Holy Spirit
  • Focused on God’s Word
  • Were not obsessed with keeping religious people happy (which cost many of them their lives!)

Let me say it one more time…we have as much potential as the early church did…and instead of sitting around and complaining about the condition of the church, we should step up and simply get back to the roots of why we’re doing this thing in the first place.

I say if God did what He did in the book of Acts, He can do greater things today!

Let’s pray for that!

Let’s work towards that!

And let’s reach this entire WORLD with HIS GOSPEL!  Because…

YOUR church can do exactly what God has called it to do!

He reigns…and when we RECOGNIZE Him, we will RESPOND in faith.

Let’s GO FOR IT!

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Perry Noble
Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.