Apollos: Lord, Save Us From Your Followers

Those of you who have been following online have seen a lot of emphasis on the supernatural in the Apollos discipleship class. This is actually for a good reason because most Christians understand that they’re supposed to live a good, holy, pure life and whatnot while they don’t quite understand the supernatural ways of God.

But again, this is a discipleship class and therefore it has to be focused on living, looking and breathing like Christ in this broken world. And sure—if you look like Him, you’ll walk in the supernatural, but there HAS to be more to your faith. Perhaps you’ve read Matthew 7:21-23 before:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Interesting, isn’t it? These people are walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. They’re freeing people from the bondage of demons. They’re sharing the word of God with people. They’re doing signs and wonders for all to see. And yet Jesus tells them that He doesn’t know who they are and that they’re workers of lawlessness.

Here’s an issue with the supernatural: you can get so caught up in the cool things that God is doing and focus all of your attention walking in the gifts that He gave you, that you can completely miss the point. You can live an unholy life and not connect with Jesus. You can live in His gifts and never grow. We are called to be disciples which requires, you guessed it—discipline.

So today, I want you to watch a movie (not a bad deal). It’s one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen and I feel a holy conviction every time I watch it. And if you have seen this movie before, watch it again. It affects me every time.

You’re going to find as you watch it that God really shows up when you do missions and serve someone. That’s why He gifts you—to serve others. And if you keep these gifts all to yourself, you’ll only find yourself growing and you’ll never focus outwardly on others. Trust me, it is possible to turn all your gifts inward. So do missions and God will show up—naturally or supernaturally.

Click on the picture below to watch the video for free on hulu!

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One thought on “Apollos: Lord, Save Us From Your Followers

  1. Thank you for this post – I also wonder what it would like for churches as a whole to focus outwardly? Of course, there are matters of congregational care, but maybe churches could stop coddling the saints and start equipping them?

    Regardless, I agree that love is an outward action, and I like your focus on service as the primary manifestation of this love. Individual or communal, I pray for Christians (including myself) to do more of it!

    http://servelearngrow.com

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