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Summary: The early disciples were serious about God and dangerous to the world. What is the difference between a safe church and a dangerous church? (from a series by Craig Groeschel, lifechurch.tv)

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Introduction (from series by Craig Groeschell, lifechurch.tv)

Welcome to COTRM and welcome to 2010.

The New Year is a season with new opportunities.

Just like there are

physical seasons- spring, summer, etc., there

are spiritual seasons in our lives and

different seasons of God in the world.

Each season brings its own challenges/opportunities.

Opportunity

a condition favorable for advancement/success.

i.e. Finances- there are opportunities that can be taken advantage in difficult economic times-

requires knowledge/effort to find them and

with any financial opportunity there are risks.

In a spiritual sense, divine opportunities are

God’s favor upon our lives and

the grace to accomplish great exploits for God.

Opportunities can be left on the table or they can be pursued until they become a reality.

Even spiritual opportunities involve faith-risks

steps of faith- must be taken to become a reality.

Paul the Apostle- originally a persecutor of the church-

but Paul had an encounter w/God- Damascus.

Phil 3:12-14-forget what lies behind, reach forward

Regardless of my success/lack of success in the past I can accomplish great things for God in- future.

Lam 3:22-23- lovingkindnesses/compassions of God- never cease- new every morning.

Series Introduction

Start a new series entitled- Dangerous Church

Look at differences between- Safe/Dangerous church.

A Safe Church is a place where there no controversy,

people are not passionate about anything,

there is not much is happening spiritually.

There is-

very little excitement,

a low expectation level, and

a lack of genuine enthusiasm about God.

A Safe Church

1. Strives to keep the members happy

2. Avoids controversial issues

3. Remains cautious

we have always done it this way before,

resistance to change and new ideas.

God never called His Church to be safe.

Question: Do we want to be part of a Safe Church or a Dangerous Church?

Safe church-made up of people who play it safe.

A dangerous church is made up of people who are willing to take risks with God.

Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe- Lucy is asking a question about Aslan (lion that represented Christ)-

(Mrs. Beaver) ’If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than me or else just silly.’

’Then he isn’t safe?’ asked Lucy. ’Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver. ’Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.’

A Dangerous Church

Act 2:38-41

Peter- denied Christ- now stands before thousands.

In his restoration- Peter gained passion for God

warned, pleaded, and urged people to

repent so- could be saved and not perish.

3000- converts- added to- church- dangerous converts.

Why were they dangerous? Read the book of Acts.

When they prayed things happened, their relationship with God was not passive, but active and alive.

It was- traditional safe church, the pharisaical church, that persecuted and killed these new believers.

There was a cost to become a believer in that day.

They were serious about God/dangerous to the world.


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