When people live in a culture of sharing God stories at church
- They eventually, without a program, start sharing God stories with unchurched people in their social networks.
- They begin to hear God stories of others in church, as people share that they reached out to a non-Christian in their social networks.
- Then, they begin to hear good stories from those people who have been reached, who are now worshipping at the church.
- That motivates those in your church to share their God stories in their social networks all the more.
- The momentum grows also because, when someone shares their God story—and it results in a person coming to Christ, and coming to the church, it is positive reinforcement. The Bible says, “All heaven rejoices when one sinner repents.” So do the people who God used to lead those sinners to faith, and the church—through their God stories.
This culture takes on momentum and begins to grow by geometric progression—which is Jesus’ plan.
Here’s how to understand geometric progression:
- Take an 8 ½ X 11 inch piece of paper and fold it over once.
- The paper was very thin, but now is twice as thick.
- Now, fold it over once more.
- Now it is four times as thick.
- Again, now, when you fold it again, it is eight times as thick.
- Do this fifty times, and your piece of paper would be so tall, literally, it would reach from here to the sun.
- Fold it once more, and it would reach to the sun and back again!
- This is how the growth of the church is supposed to work. We don’t usually call it geometric progression. We call it revival.