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Summary: The Church is to IMPACT the Climate and Culture around us. We need to understand this and move out in that understanding.

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IMPACT Series Introduction

Things that leave an IMPACT –

• Meteors Leave Craters

• Volcanoes Clear Forests and Bury Cities

• Automobiles Leave Dents

• Golf Clubs Leave Concussions (Why Andie doesn’t play w/ me)

When Something Has Made an IMPACT

You Know That Something Significant Happened

There’s An Impression Left that can’t be Denied

There is a Change in the Location of the IMPACT

God is calling all believers and churches to have an eternal impact on the lives around us. We have the potential to live a life of IMPACT serving a God of IMPACT securing a future of IMPACT sharing a message of IMPACT.

Make a difference.

SEEKING A LIFE OF IMPACT – We are More than Conquerors

Matthew 16:18

Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, AND ALL THE POWERS OF HELL WILL NOT CONQUER IT.

Romans 8:35-37

Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? [36] (Even the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.") [37] No, despite all these things, OVERWHELMING VICTORY IS OURS THROUGH CHRIST, who loved us.

Like sheep being led to slaughter the early church leaders were persecuted, imprisoned, and beaten for proclaiming and teaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, through Jesus Christ they overwhelmingly conquered. As we follow their footprints I pray that we will see for ourselves God’s powerful victory in their lives, and come to realize that this same power and victory is ours today as disciples of Jesus Christ.

I. POWER ON THE PORCH (12-16)

A. Solomon’s Porch – A roofed area stretching along the eastern side of the temple courtyard.

B. Spirit’s Presence – The many signs and wonders were evidence of the Spirit’s presence and power in the apostles.

C. Servants Passion – These were ordinary men who were willing to be used in extraordinary ways

i. They were the Voice of Jesus – Teaching/Preaching

ii. They were the Hands of Jesus – Healing/Touching

iii. They were the Body of Jesus – Receiving/Embracing

II. JOY IN THE JAIL (17-20)

A. Reaction to a Radical Switch (17-18)

i. They were FILLED with Jealousy.

ii. They were MOVED to React.

iii. Nothing they did made any sense…rationally.

B. Response of a Radical Savior (19-20)

i. Removing the boundaries for the mission.

ii. Recounting the basis of the message.

GIVE THE PEOPLE THE MESSAGE OF LIFE!!

God doesn’t want us to stay silent about our experience with Christ, but to proclaim the message we have and the new life we have experienced…to speakwhenever possible about the LIFE he gives.

III. TEACHING IN THE TEMPLE (21-26)

A. The Urgency of the Apostles (21)

B. The Confusion of the Council (22-24)

i. They missed When God works it often defies explanation

ii. They resisted the Evidence of the Power of the Spirit


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