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Summary: The real component in the success of the first century Christians lies not in external tactics but with their internal values … their Christ-like character.

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Welcome and Call to Worship

Good morning. We are so honored you have chosen to worship with us today.

Did you see the news item a few days back about the lady who was arrested on Highway 11 in Tulsa? It appears she was driving the wrong direction; she was headed eastbound in the westbound lane.

Sometimes I see people who have never experienced Christ’s love and forgiveness and I feel like they are headed the wrong direction; the impending crash seems so avoidable. As we look at week #3 of our series on Evangelism we will see the need to experience a transformation from the inside-out. This not only puts us on the right road but also gives those in our network a model to follow.

Listen as I read 1 John 2:1-6.

1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

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Responsive Prayer For Mission

Leader: Here in this sanctuary, we remember, O God, your gift of life to each of us;

People: And we seek to carry it to the streets-

Wherever there is death and violence

Wherever there is grief and loss.

Leader: Here in this sanctuary, we remember, O God, your invitation to belong and find shelter;

People: And we seek to carry it to the streets- Wherever there is loneliness and rejection Wherever there is homelessness and people displaced.

Leader: Here in this sanctuary, we remember, O God, your reign of justice and righteousness;

People: And we seek to carry it to the streets-

Wherever there is lawlessness or tyranny

Wherever there is corruption and oppression.

Leader: Here in this sanctuary, we remember, O God, your sacrifice of love and mercy;

People: And we seek to carry it to the streets-

Wherever there is hatred and evil

Wherever there is hopelessness, regret, and guilt.

Leader: Here in this sanctuary, where we remember all that you have done for us, O God, we remember also your call to live what we sing and pray.

People: And so we commit to ourselves again to carry our worship from the sanctuary to the streets.

AMEN. COME LORD JESUS!

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Giving needs no more apology than does praying. In the Bible there are 1,539 passages that reference giving, while there are only 523 that refer to praying.

Anonymous 

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BRIDGES AND DITCHES: THE BOOK OF ACTS FOR TODAY**

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

ACTS 4:13

Big Idea: The real component in the success of the first century Christians lies not in external tactics but with their internal values … their Christ-like character.

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