And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. (Acts 2:5-6)
When the Holy Spirit came He came with a rushing wind so loud that it drew attention of nearby people. Jerusalem was a very busy and packed city at this time. In verse 5 we see there were Jews from every nation under heaven. Jerusalem was packed out with people from all over the known world. I find it interesting that the same city that wanted Jesus to die is the same city God was about to bless.
When the people heard the sound they came running to investigate. When they came to see what was making all the noise they saw the ones just filled with the Holy Spirit outside speaking. They were confused because they heard these individuals speaking in their own languages. What was so fascinating is the fact these men were not typically the type of men that knew other languages. This was out of sorts for these men to speak like this.
Too many times today we want to grow our churches in number. We look to these gurus for how to add 100 people in 100 days. We want to find a way to get the word out about what our church is doing. There have been countless seminars on how to build your church the easy way. What are we building up these churches for? A larger group so we can have more money? So we can have bragging rights? What is wrong with a smaller church?
I believe the only true way to build a biblical, Spirit-filled church is to do it by the Spirit. We need to put the books on church growth down. We need to first pick up the Word of God, then read and search what the Lord have us do, and be in prayer the whole time. If a church were to let the Spirit have complete control it would be so different from the normal church today that people would come just to investigate. That is the way to advertise your church.
They say the best form of advertising is word of mouth. What are you saying about your local church? What are others saying about your local church?