Summary: Here’s a sermon that explores the commitment and participation of your church members. The familar illustrates of geese flying south (excluding a false idea about geese) is included.
Are You A Goose?
36"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
37Now 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?"
38Then 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.
39For 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."
40And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."
41Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
42And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Today’s story is about a man named Donald. He was dissatisfied with the church he had been attending. The music at this church was great, but Donald thought the preacher’s sermons were boring. One day he decided it was time to look for a new church. Donald had been reading in the local newspaper about a nondenominational church. He decided to give it a try. His first visit to this little church proved to be a good experience for Donald. He enjoyed the friendly welcome extended to him by the people. The preacher’s sermon was a little lengthy, but Donald enjoyed listening to it. He went home that Sunday convinced that this was the church for him.
We’ll get back to Donald’s story a little later!
The title of my sermon this morning is: "Are You A Goose?"
This may sound strange, but you should be!
We need more geese in Gospel Chapel.
Why would I say that?
What are some lessons we can learn from a goose?
A GOOSE ILLUSTRATES THE CONCEPT OF FELLOWSHIP
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
What is fellowship?
Fellowship is translated from the Greek word "koinonia".
It means "to have in common", "to share", "to participate for a common cause".
What are we doing together other than meeting on Sunday?
Why do the geese get together before they head south for winter?
God made them that way! They do not think about it.
The geese get together because together, the journey is easier.
When you see geese heading south for the winter
flying along in a "V" formation, there is a good reason.
Science has discovered why they fly that way.
Research has revealed that as each bird flaps its wings,
it creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind it.
By flying in a "V" formation,
the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range
than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community
get where they are going more quickly and easily
because they are traveling on one another’s thrust.
Part of being in fellowship with one another
is making sure that we are going in the same direction
and that we are flying in formation.
Have you seen a group of geese heading out in all directions
as they try to head south?
Whenever a goose falls out of formation,
it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone.
It quickly gets back into formation
to take advantage of the lifting power
of the bird immediately in front.
When we fall out of formation with God,
we also feel the resistance pull us down
away from our goal of growing closer to Jesus.
If we will embark on our journey to heaven together,
the journey becomes easier.
The geese because of their instinct given to them by God,
get together and head south for the winter for their survival.
As Christians, we need to get together and walk together,
we need to spend time together and grow together.
1 John 1:6-7 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
The geese stay together and head south for their survival,
we too must work together as one body for our survival.
A group that shares common goals
can get somewhere easier and faster...than one alone can.
Of all the things that a church can have