In Acts 17 Paul, a once persecutor of Christians turned preacher of Christ, is in the city of Thessalonica. When the Jews in that city learn he is there, they try to stir the people up against him. They go to the leaders of the city crying, "These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also" (v. 6). The Jews had heard of Paul and what followed in the wake of his preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were afraid if that Gospel was allowed into Thessalonica, that the world as they knew it would be turned on its head.
The Gospel proclaimed and lived out in the power of Holy Spirit, in the lives of ordinary people, turns the world upside down. We can turn the world upside down. But we can't do it in our own power or by our own designs. The world won't be changed because we start a new program, spend more money on advertising, or hire a new staff person. It will be changed as we live Gospel centered, Spirit led lives. To encourage and motivate us to that end, we're beginning a brand new series titled Upside Down: A Study in the Book of Acts. Don't miss it!