I am reading a book by William Beckham called The Second Reformation: Reshaping the Church for the 21st Century. While I will share more from the book later, may I whet your appetite with a quote:
God is planting the seed of a different kind of church in our hearts. For many, the new feelings about the church come first, and then the search to understand and explain those feelings follows. God speaks His vision into the hearts of His people, and then confirms the vision through special innovators who verbalize or model the vision. The “feelings” are “dangerous memories” from the past that have a “future content.”
As we enter the 21st century, God is re-creating His Two-Winged Church. What happens on Sunday in gathered meetings is not enough for those with a vision for living together in small group fellowship and body life during the week.
The men and women of Acts also began with vision, memories and dreams. The first sermon in the first century revolutionary church began with a quote about such things:
And it shall be in the last days, God says, that I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind; And your sons, and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams (Acts 2.17)
These were dangerous memories form the mouth of the prophet Joel, and from the heart of God. God had kept these memories alive through more than five centuries until finally, in the fullness of time, He stirred them into the hearts of His people. Dangerous memories produce dangerous men and women, who act out their dreams and make them possible. Such were the men and women of the early church. Do not be surprised with the memories and feelings stirring within you. Listen to them and let God stir them to life. They are the seeds of the Second Reformation. (page 40)