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Summary: The early disciples were serious about God and dangerous to the world. What is the difference between a safe church and a dangerous church? (from a series by Craig Groeshel, lifechurch.tv)

Dangerous Church Pt 3

Introduction (from series by Craig Groeschell, lifechurch.tv)

Welcome to- 3rd week- Dangerous Church series

what is a dangerous church?

how does it contrast with a safe church?

do we want to be a safe/dangerous church?

There was nothing safe about the NT church.

Do you remember as a child safety rules

*Do not jump on your bed-fall off- hurt yourself

*Do not run w/scissors- might poke your eye out.

*Do not lick electrical outlets- (Pastor Tony)

In the church world there are also safety rules.

In a safe church you want to keep the members happy,

avoid controversial issues, and guard the status quo.

This week I want to

review last week- different words- reinforce truth,

look at the Unseen Side of a Dangerous Church.

Review

A Dangerous Church brings about transformation.

Transformation- to change in structure or character.

A Dangerous Church transforms

1. The Ordinary into the Extraordinary

God takes ordinary people-transforms-world changers.

Acts 4:13 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. NASU

Catalyst for transformation- time w/Jesus- pray, Word.

Untrained- Gk- (id-ee-o’-tace)- ignoramus, idiot.

They were amazed at the confidence of these idiots.

That gives me hope for myself/church- God can take an idiot and make a world changer out of him.

One minister from a more formal denomination was praying in a very holy way- “Oh Lord, without thee, we are only but dust.” One little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mom, what is butt dust?”

To take the Gospel to the world, God chose fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes.

Transformed id-ee-o’-taces into extraordinary people

Ordinary people who believe what God said was true.

Act 19:11-12 (ie prayer posted on twitter)

2. Consumers into Contributors

If you have an encounter w/God it will change you.

Act 2:44-45

These people encountered God-changed their thinking.

Instead of being consumers, they became contributors.

If you are NOT a believer-consume-this is all for you

However, if you are a believer, shame on you if you are a consumer and not a contributor.

It is time to serve/give to God and His work (church).

The church is not here for us … we are the church and we are here for the world

3. The Living to the Dead

God wants to turn the dead into the living, but first He wants the living to die.

Gal 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. NASU

The old Gary is spiritually dead- I am a new creature.

Hopefully more of US died this past year- died to pride, negative thinking, unbiblical/carnal thoughts.

The Unseen Side of a Dangerous Church

Look at a side of the church- many have not have seen.

Mtt 25:15-30 (tell story- parable of the talents)

Perhaps there is an unseen side of this story

5T man- had studied the market, knew there was a risk, made a decision/took a chance

2T man- agonized in prayer over what to do,

Guy who buried T- thought- others were foolish.

When we see a success story- we want what they have-

great marriage- wish you had a great marriage- but you do not see-

sacrifice, work, struggle, dying to self,

that went into making that marriage great.

someone well off financially- you wish you could be well off, but you do not see-

years of going w/o, denying themselves, so they could invest and save.

We often do not see what is going on behind- scenes.

Look at three unseen qualities of- Dangerous Church-

1. Pain

It is painful to make a difference for-Kingdom of God.

Jn 15:18-19

The world will hate-fully devoted followers of Christ.

Often our goal is to live a safe, insulated life …

Jesus did not die so we could be safe.

1 Pet 4:1Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, NASU

If you want to be part of something great in the Kingdom of God- get ready for pain.

Jay and Linda Threadgill in Haiti.

2. Risk

There are risks and lots of them in walking w/God.

Seven sons of Sceva- watched the disciples minister and said, we can do the same thing

Acts 19:16

They took a risk/failed- but look at- rest of the story

Acts 19:17-18

Their failure opened- door for many to come to Christ.

Your willingness to take risks is based on potential return.

If you are going to take a risk, what is the return?

House catches fire- you get out- realize- gold fish is inside-do you go back? No-return not worth it.

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