Something happened, in the first church, that caused the crowds (the uninitiated, non-Christians), to come together. In Acts 2:6 it says, “And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” What caught my attention is that they did not come together and celebrate or repent. The first response they had was confusion. Other translations use the word confounded or bewildered.
In the original language this word means to stir up the mind or to disturb the mind. It’s almost like what was happening was so outrageous or so unbelievable that it disturbed the minds of those in the gathering.
I recently heard someone ask why we can watch a 3 hour movie and be completely in tune with it and then we fall asleep in church? It made me laugh thinking about it. And then I thought, maybe instead of boring everyone to sleep, we should allow God to do what He wants and in doing so maybe people will stay awake. Whose fault is it that people are bored in church? What I see in the book of Acts is that church was exciting, engaging, controversial, and sometimes even scary.
The leaders were more facilitators of God’s presence than orchestrators. I don’t think leaders should get out of the way and let God do what He wants (something I often hear people say). Rather, leaders should be so in tune with God that it is fairly clear in their minds what God is going to do in any particular gathering.
Don’t settle for boring. Don’t manipulate for exciting either. Be more in touch with what God is planning and then walk in step with Him. That takes much more time in His presence. Be willing to feel “out of control”. Don’t worry about controversy and confusion, as long as it is clearly God. Help people understand what is going on and what God is up to. Don’t leave them in their confusion.