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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
August 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Acts 2:37-47
Subject
I Connect
Description

Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

What are we doing here this morning?  Is church important?  

Sadly, there is a large part of America that would say no. 

 


What is church about?


Acts 2:37-47

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”

41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,

45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

Church should be a place that you look forward to going to, a place that you are excited about going to, place that you plan to go.  It is a place to go when things are going great in our life and it is the place to go when things are crashing down.

 

Psalm 26:8

Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, And the place where Your glory dwells.

 

Psalm 27:4

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.

 

Psalm 122:1

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

 


Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus Christ is the answer to a lost and dying world. 

He has still got a plan and He is still working His plan. 


His plans have not changed.  He saw the end from the beginning.  He put together a plan and is working it out now.

 

Gen 1:26-28

 

The plan was for man to have a family and for Him to have fellowship with the family.

No matter where you are at, how off course from God’s plan you may be, God is waiting on you.  He has not left you but He is chasing you.

 

Galatians 4:3-7

 

We are sons and daughters of the King, adopted into the Kingdom, heirs with Christ!  The New Testament name for the family of God is “The Church.”

 

Matthew 16:18

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 

 

The New Testament was written in Greek and the word for “church” is a compound word:  ekklesia. It means a calling out; a community of members on earth. 

  • Ek
    • The origin; the point from which motion or action proceeds
  • Kaleo
    • To call; to urge on

 

Many have not moved spiritually since salvation.  There is much more.  We are to be “urged-on” to grow deeper.  Being born-again is the beginning, God is urging us to grow.

 

This is what should make church exciting- you learn something (revelation), then you move forward (put into practice) and then repeat.

                                           

When we say that “Jesus Christ is the answer to a lost and dying world,” God has chosen the Church to the avenue by which “Jesus” is made known to the world.

First, that knowledge, or revelation, should show up in our life.  Secondly, when we come to church, we learn and grow, then we go out into the community to share it.

 

Without a vibrant, living, exciting, mission-driven church, the world will never know Jesus.  We have a responsibility to reach out to the lost.