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Summary: Jesus can equip us as he did the early disciples so that we can be "History Makers" for God!

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INTRODUCTION

Time Capsule—Riverside Elementary

The Monroe Evening News (Monroe, MI) reported that:

On Thursday Mrs. Matthews, a teacher at Riverside Elementary, and a group of her former classmates got together and opened the long-lost treasure box. For a short time, they traveled back to 1976 and reminisced about days gone by.

"It was awesome," she said. "It was so nice to see everybody after so many years. It was a lot of fun. Just a lot of fun."

The time capsule contained many items, including a John Denver 45 record and a Fonzie poster from "Happy Days," a hit TV show back then. There were coins and Greenfield Village artifacts since that’s where the class took a field trip that year.

Mrs. Matthews found her contributions. Prior to opening the wooden box, she thought she put in a bicentennial quarter. But it actually was a penny and a bookmark that she described as "lame."

They were remembering History. Remembering what was. They lived it. Most of us LIVE history, and some of us aspire to MAKE history

Hank Aaron

Einstein

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bill Gates

Wilbur and Orville Wright

Gutenburg

DaVinci

They certainly have “made” history, and we can read about them in history—

Here are some other historical figures:

Stephen, Dorcas, Apollow, Ananias and Sapphira, Peter, Paul, & Mary, Dr. Luke, Festus—

What am I talking about? Not Gunsmoke—the book of ACTS! It is one of my favorite books of the Bible!

• Family album—of my Christian family and forefathers and mothers

• Time Capsule—what Christian life was like back then

• An eyewitness account—and reports of other eyewitness accounts, passed down through the ages

Acts is often viewed as a history of the growth of the early church.

• How does it get so big?

Luke shows how the church grew

• Numerically

• Geographically

• In spite of Problems

o Persecution

o Controversy

We are going to be camping out in Acts the next couple of weeks

KFC—Paul/Communication (HEY KIDS!! What are you learning about . . . we will be too, in church!)

Earlier this week, I was watching “the Brothers Grimm”—not a movie for young children—portraying them as money driven scam artists posing as Enlightenment era “Ghost Busters”—they promised to drive out ghosts and other scary creatures for cold hard cash. All goes well until they encounter a real, live, “fairy tale” story.

Set in Germany, it got me thinking about your heritage and my heritage. Though Germany was considered a “Christian Land” at this time (think of Martin Luther) it was still a land whose folk tales drew on their pagan past, with all kinds of gods in charge of music, trees, brooks, etc.

I am German. I could have been a tree worshipper.

And lest you think you could have escaped that fate, you out there that are English or Irish or Scottish, or French, etc, you also have in your history: druids, Stonehenge, “magic”, charms, superstition (THAT still exists today for some Christians!)

What is the difference?

ACTS 1:1-11

MOST, if not All of us sitting here today, are believers in Jesus, rather than the tree in our front yard, because of 12 men who came from all walks of life to follow Jesus, doing whatever it took to be history makers for Him.


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