Summary: Contemporary Holiness sermon with object lesson and communion medidation at the close. Part of series on Acts. Updated 12/05

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Radical Cleansing Acts 15:8,9

Pastor Bob Hunter

(Others sermons on Acts available at Today I want to bring to a conclusion our summer series on Acts. Last summer we journeyed through the book of Acts from Chs. 1-8. This summer we covered Chs. 8-16, I gave you chapter 16 a little early, so today we find ourselves again in Ch. 15 looking at a theme that is dominant in scripture. Today I want to talk to you about cleansing.

OPENING EXAMPLE: Now, before we dive into this subject matter tis morning. How many of you have watched a hospital show recently like Chicago Hope, a rerun of ER or there for a while there was one called Scrubs, that one was a little bit over the top…I think it got cancelled. Those kinds of things don’t really happen in the hospital. I know that. I’ve spent a lot time in Hospitals, Cambria used to work for one, and for a while I sold products to all the major hospitals in the state. I’ve seen a lot.

One of things that has always intrigued me about a hospital is the whole surgical scrubbing process. Have you ever seen that? I have, and not just on T.V. I was an observer in the operating room once and watch the surgeon come in and spend at least 15 minutes scrubbing in to make sure there was no contamination. All the water has roll down your arm not up & you can’t touch a door handle. It’s a tedious process. And then what I never understood about that, is after you spend 15 minutes washing your hands, the surgeon puts on a pair of sterile gloves to cover up everything you just washed, so it’s like what’s the point?

Nevertheless, the whole scrubbing process is absolutely key to prevent infections and the spread of diseases. The environment behind the red line as it’s called has to pure and uncontaminated. So to perform surgery a well scrubed surgeon is very important.

It’s a tedious task, but you have to do it. It’s like brushing your teeth to prevent cavities. The Dental association recommends tooth brushing for at least two minutes, how many of you brush your teeth for two whole minutes? I can’t stand to have tooth paste in my mouth for that long. I’m spit it out after 30 seconds or so. Two minutes of crest toothpaste in my mouth activates my gag reflex. It gets all warm and gooberish…I can’t stand it.

Did you know that washing your hands is recommended for a one full minute to prevent the spread of colds & contagious illnesses? When was the last time you did that? Been a while hon? When we get together here on Sunday we shake hands and pat each other on the back ya know, I figure by the end of the Day, I’ve passed something to somebody, I don’t know who? So if you find yourself sick on Monday, go ahead blame the Pastor.

A friend of mine used to say, after each Church service you go to the bathroom and wash off the fellowship…I hope it hasn’t come to that.

No surprise what I want to talk to you about today is soul scrubbing. Soul scrubbing, when was the last time you had your heart cleansed and scrubbed by God?

Just like tooth brushing, and hand washing, we probably don’t spend enough time getting our soul scrubbed.

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