Summary: The church is a place of change.
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
C: God brings change
Pr: THE CHURCH IS A PLACE OF CHANGE.
Type: Narrative, Inductive
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• Be a place of change.
• Be a place where lives are made better.
• Live up to our potential instead of settling.
RMBC 10 July 05 AM
An Amish boy and his father were visiting a city and were in a new mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again. The boy asked his father, “What is this father?”
The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don’t know what it is.”
While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheelchair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them and into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched small circles of light with numbers above the wall light up. They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction. The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out.
The father said to his son, “Go get your mother.”
Are you looking for a miracle?
The early church saw them.
They saw the lives of people changed.
They experienced healings.
They lived in the midst of miracles.
They experienced the change only the Holy Spirit can make in the lives of people.
We returned to the Book of Acts last week.
We have not been studying here for a while.
1. In the book of Acts, we observe a growing church.
And as we consider these first few chapters, and into our passage today, we see that the church has a primary goal.
It is to reproduce.
It is to be fruitful.
It is to see that those that do not have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ come to have one.
We often call this “evangelism.”
Evangelism is a great word.
In fact, it finds its way into English straight from the Greek.
It simply means “to proclaim good news.”
And when it comes to trusting and believing in Jesus, it is good news.
In fact, there is no better news than God’s grace extended to us through Jesus.
Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, our eternal destiny is absolutely guaranteed.
It does not get any better than that.
In the command of the Great Commission, we are told to make disciples.
I like speaking of making disciples because it is more wholistic in its outlook.
It is the idea of taking a person, no matter where they are in their understanding of God, and taking them further in that understanding.
This, of course, includes evangelism, because the point of knowing that you are in a relationship with God is the key point – it is the point that a heavenly and blessed eternity is owned.
The church has many important duties that are priorities – worship, spiritual growth, care, fellowship, ministry – but there is only one priority that we can do better here on earth than we can in heaven.
His kingdom can grow on earth.