“Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!” Acts 5:29 NIV
We’ve all heard of the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Educational and medical professionals have named this disorder to identify why some people struggle to focus and learn. It is characterized by inattention, bouts of excessive energy, impulsiveness, and hyper- fixation.
Robert Dale, A Southern Baptist consultant, recently diagnosed one of the 21st-century church’s most persuasive afflictions as an “Intention Deficit Disorder.” He identifies two forms of IDD:
- Churches do not have clear intentions (keep the church within the walls).
- Churches have too many good intentions (trying to please everybody).
So my question for this Sunday is, does our church have an Intention Deficit Disorder? In other words, are we in ministry without clear or right intentions, or do we have too many good intentions we never act on? (Please read Acts 5:27-32)
The church in the “Book Acts” had a clear, laser-like focus on God’s intentions for His church. Every father of a daughter has asked or thought of questioning their child’s would-be suitors, “What are your intentions with my daughter? (At least, I know I have.)
So what are our attentions with Jesus’ church?
Come and see,