Summary: We are to be a devoted people.
A PEOPLE WITH PURPOSE
C: Purpose of the Community
Th: A People with Purpose
Pr: WE ARE TO BE A DEVOTED PEOPLE.
?: What? To what are we to be devoted?
TS: We will find in our study of Acts 2:42, four activities to which, as believers in the Lord Jesus, we are to be devoted.
The ____ activity is…
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• We will share in the supernatural – God works.
• We will share with each other – there is unity.
• We will see God adding to the church – reproduction.
RMBC 08 January 06 AM
1. Do you have good intentions?
ILL Intention: With All Good Intentions
As the coals from their barbecue burned down, the Congers husband passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks to all their dinner guests. Just then two fire trucks whizzed past, stopping at a house right down the block.
All 12 of them raced down the street, where they found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly. The fire victims glared at them with looks of disgust.
Rightly so. For it was at that instant the Congers realized that all 12 of them were still holding their marshmallow forks.
I am sure that most of us intend to live in such a way to not offend others.
We intend to be helpful.
We intend to be encouraging.
But as you can tell with this story, what we intend is not always what happens.
Thus, I want to follow up with this question…
2. Do you have good intentions when it comes to your faith?
It may be that you are a person that likes to make New Year’s Resolutions.
I admit, I rarely make a formal resolution, but I often start the year with new intentions and resolves for the coming year.
And some years I do better than others, but I do them so that I will have direction.
It is my hope that you will join me in being intentional in fulfilling our theme for the year 2006: “A People with Purpose.”
1. The church has been given a mission and purpose.
Our church has been given a mission and purpose.
It is our mission and purpose to expand the kingdom of God here on earth.
God has given the church the responsibility to help more and more people come to recognize Jesus as Savior and Lord.
But I think that some of us have been waiting for the church to fulfill its purpose without having the intention to do so ourselves.
It doesn’t work that way.
Individually, it is our responsibility to discover the mission and purpose of the church, and then do it.
That does make sense, doesn’t it?
We only fulfill the purpose of the church – when the people that make up the church – act.
You see, our church could have one of the greatest preachers in the country…
We could have exciting greeters that make people feel right at home as soon as they enter the doors…
We could have the most modern facility with state of the art technology…
We could be doing all the most recent leadership and organizational techniques…
We could have creative youth ministries and outreaches…