THE STORY BEHIND ACTS INITIATIVE
Unfortunately, most of what we call "Christianity" today... isn't.
The early Christians didn't live how Christians live today. They didn't care about money, they hated the world, they shared generously with everyone, they didn't look out for their own interests, and they invested in eternity instead of in education, possessions, and other temporary things. But today, we can't even imagine a life like that... and that's a problem.
We want to see REAL Christianity spreading across again - the kind we read about in the New Testament. And so, we started the Acts Initiative website and YouTube channel as a way to publish free books and videos where we expose many lies that Christians have just become accustomed to and accepted because of our culture, churches, and the various doctrines we've been taught. We want to help people recognize the problem and start BECOMING the solution by changing the way we think and the way we live as Christians.
Our personal story is that we grew up in church and thought we loved Jesus, but we didn't do what he said. (See John 14:23). We thought we were doing okay because all the "Christians" around us lived like us. But eventually, we started realizing that our priorities weren't the same priorities we saw all over the Bible. We were trying to fit the Bible into our normal lives instead of changing our life to look like how Jesus said he wants his followers to live.
And what Jesus wants is radical. So, either Jesus didn't really mean what he said, or we needed to change.
We knew that it was insane that we were so busy working and paying bills that we "didn't have time" to do things for the Lord. We needed to change that. We got rid of a bunch of stuff we didn't need, stopped eating out, canceled our entertainment subscriptions, etc... and that was the beginning of a journey to simplify our lives - a journey which we have stayed on ever since, as we keep finding new ways to simplify and more ways to use our time and money to help other people instead of paying for the standard of living we'd become used to.
And that's about it. It's a journey. But it's a sincere one, where we try hard not to excuse ourselves just because the majority does things a different way. And all we can hope is that this website and the material on it helps you on your journey to do the things Jesus actually cares about.
(To learn more about our Adoption journey and why we decided to adopt, click here.)
- Josh & Tess