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Summary: THE EARLY CHURCH WAS A"LIVELY" CHURCH ON FIRE FOR JESUS. WE NEED TO GET FIRED UP AND FUELED UP AND RETURN TO WHAT MADE THE EARLY CHURCH GREAT

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LET’S HAVE CHURCH

MT. 16: 13--18

INTRODUCTION; THE CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILT WAS BUILT UPON HIMSELF. HE IS THE CORNERSTONE OF THE FOUNDATION.

MT 21:42: HE REMINDED THE UNBELIEVING JEWS OF THE PROPHECY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT. THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE THE BUILDERS REJECTED. HE SPOKE OF HIMSELF.

1. HEAD CORNERSTONE, THE BEGINNING OF THE FOUNDATION, THE STRENGTH, And THE ANCHOR OF THE BUILDING.

2. WHEN WE CENTER OUR WORSHIP SERVICES AROUND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WE HAVE A SOLID FOUNDATION TO WORK UPON.

3. THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH IS TO WORSHIP AND GLORIFY GOD, DISCIPLE THE SAINTS OF GOD TO WORK AND WITNESS FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST, AND TO BE A LIGHTHOUSE FOR LOST SOULS TO FIND JESUS.

4. OUR SERVICES OUGHT TO BE AN EXCITING CELEBRATION OF JESUS. HE’S ALIVE AND HIS CHURCH SHOULD LIKEWISE BE ALIVE.

I. LOOK AT THE EARLY CHURCH. ACTS 2: 41:

(A)EXPERIENCED EXCITEMENT 3000 SOULS SAVED IN ONE DAY.

(B) CAME AS A RESULT OF POWERFUL, PURPOSEFUL PREACHING.

1. ACTS 2:14: PETER RAISED HIS VOICE AND PREACHED BOLDLY (TOLD IT LIKE IT IS.)

2. 2 TIM 4:2: PREACH THE WORD.(in season and out)

3. 1 COR 1: 21: GOD HAS CHOSEN THE FOOLISHNESS OF PREACHING TO SAVE THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE.***

4. IT WAS POWERFUL>>> GOD ANOINTED

5. PURPOSEFUL>>> CUT TO THE HEART, THE HOLY GHOST BROUGHT CONVICTION TO THE LOST SINNER.

1. A PERSON WILL NEVER GET SAVED UNTIL HE REALIZES HE IS LOST.

(C) THE RESULTS: THEY GLADLY RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD.

ACCEPTED THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD AND GOT SAVED.

II. LOOK AT THE RESULTS OF THIS REVIVAL. ACTS 2:46 THEY CONTINUED IN ONE ACCORD.

(A) THEY WERE IN AGREEMENT AND HARMONY ON GOD’S WORD AND GOD’S WILL.

1. REVIVAL WILL BRING ABOUT HARMONY

2. REVIVAL WILL END THE STRIFE AND DIVISION THAT HINDERS THE WORK OF CHRIST WITHIN HIS CHURCH

3. REVIVAL WILL PUT PEOPLE IN A MIND TO WORK TOGETHER. (NEHEMIAH)

(B) THEY BEGAN TO WORK TOGETHER.

AMOS: 3:3

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

EXAMPLE OF TWO MULES PULLING TOGETHER.

EARLY DAY PLOWING OF A GARDEN.

1. THE EARLY SAINTS WERE HARNESSED TOGETHER BY THE WORD OF GOD

(C) THEY RECEIVED GOD’S NEW BLESSINGS EACH AND EVERY DAY. ENTHUSIASM PRODUCES MORE ENTHUSIASM.*****

III. LOOK AT WHAT MADE THE EARLY CHURCH SUCCESSFUL.

1. THEY RECOGNIZED CHRIST AS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH.

2. THEY RECOGNIZED THE NEED OF CHRIST CENTERED SERVICES.

3. HE MUST BE HONORED, GLORIFIED AND LIFTED UP IF WE ARE TO EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF GOD.

4. WE MUST REMEMBER IT IS “HIS CHURCH”

(A) THE EARLY CHURCH WAS CONCERNED ABOUT ONE THING.

1. THE CENTRAL THEME (MAIN ISSUE) WAS GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO JESUS.

2. THE FUEL THAT DROVE THE EARLY CHURCH WAS A BURDEN FOR LOST SOULS.

3. THERE WAS NO TIME FOR SELFISHNESS NOR SELF-SATISFACTION

4. THE BURDEN FOR LOST SOULS KEPT THE CHURCH ON FIRE FOR GOD.

5. MANY CHURCHES ARE DYING TODAY BECAUSE THEY HAVE LOST THEIR VISION, LOST THEIR BURDEN, NO NEW LIFE FLOWING IN AND MANY HAVE BECOME STALE AND STAGNANT. DRYING UP AND ON THEIR WAY TO DYING.

(B ). THE ONE CONSUMING DESIRE OF THEIR HEART WAS TO SEE PEOPLE GET UNDER THE WORD OF GOD, GET CONVICTED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD AND GET SAVED.


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