From Crowd to Audience to Participant

Crowd of People

A crowd is a large number of people who may or may not have intentionally gathered together.

An audience is a group of spectators who have gathered to listen or to view and are providing the opportunity to be heard or seen.

A participant is a person who takes part in, has a share in, or participates.

Throughout the New Testament, we see effort to move people from crowd to audience to participant.

Jesus in John 6

  • The crowd (6:1-25)
  • The audience (6:26-66)
  • The participants (6:67-69)

Peter in Acts 2

  • The crowd (2:1-13)
  • The audience (2:14-36)
  • The participants (2:37-47)

Paul in Acts 17

  • The crowd (17:16-17)
  • The audience (17:18-31)
  • The participants (17:32-34)

Humanity in 2014

  • The crowd (Matt 7:13)
  • The audience (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 24:24-25; Matt 7:21-23; Josh 24:15)
  • The participants (Matt 7:24-25; Luke 9:23; Matt 6:33; Rev 2:10)

The bottom line: God wants to move you from the crowd to the audience to the group of participants (Col 1:13-14). Which group will you choose to be a part of this week?

This sermon was delivered on September 14, 2014.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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