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Summary: The Early Church worked together--looked out for each other--and were faithful to their Lord.

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The Church—The Body of Christ

Acts 2:4242 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 4:33."And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all."

INTRODUCTION

You might be in a country church if:

The Call to Worship is ,"Y’all come on in!"

The Preacher says, "I’d like to ask Bubba to pray for the offering" - and five guys stand up.

Opening day of deer hunting season is recognized as an official church holiday.

A member requests to be buried in his truck because, "I ain’t never been in a hole it couldn’t get me out of".

A singing group is known as "The O.K. Chorale."

The church directory doesn’t have last names.

The only time people lock their cars in the parking lot is during the summer and only so no one leaves them another bag of tomatoes!

Baptism is referred to as "branding."

High notes on the organ set dogs in the parking lot to howling.

People wonder when Jesus fed the 5,000 whether the two fish were bass or catfish.

I have noticed that geese seem to be able to do something that we in the Church should want to do. Their flocks seem to get larger. These geese do this by reproduction, but they also must invite other geese to come join them.

I do not think that geese have a newspaper or radio to communicate with one another, but as I watch the geese, their flocks get larger and larger as the summer goes on.

In the Book “Are You A Goose?” by Johson tells us a few things that scientists have learned about geese regarding why they do what they do.

SERMON

I. GEESE ILLUSTRATE THE CONCEPT OF FELLOWSHIP

What is fellowship? Fellowship means “to have in common”, “to share”, “to participate for a common cause”.

1. ACT 2:42 And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

2. Why do the geese get together before they head south for the winter (God made them that way, they do not think about it)? The geese get

together because together, the journey is easier.

3. When you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you ight be interested in knowing that science has discovered

why they fly that way.

a. Re-search has revealed that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind it.

b. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

4. People who share a common direction and sense of community get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on

one another’s thrust.

C. Part of being in fellowship with one another is making sure that we are going in the same direction and that we are flying in formation.

1. Have you seen a group of geese heading out in all directions as they try to head south

1. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone.


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