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Acts Series: “Completely Irreligious, Yet Radically Christian” Part 9

Pastor Jeff Christopherson

March 9, 2003

Acts 4:32-35

A Snapshot of a Culture where God is Excluded:

Self-centred “I look out for number one!”

Exclusive “I look for people just like me.”

Licentious “I do whatever I feel like doing!”

Fragmented “We all pursue our own thing.”

Impotent “Our problems seem unsolvable."

Suspicious “Everybody has an angle…”

Hollow “I get what I want – but I still feel empty.”

The Counter-Culture Vision for Jesus’ Church:

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.” Acts 4:32-35

1. It is United.

“All the believers were one in heart and mind”

2. It is Non-materialistic.

“No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own”

3. It is Selfless.

“but they shared everything they had.”

4. It is Energized.

“With great power”

5. It is Life-tested.

“the apostles continued to testify”

6. It is Focused.

“to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus”

7. It is Inclusive.

“and much grace was upon them all.”

8. It is Spiritual.

“and much grace was upon them all.”

9. It is Healthy.

“There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”

The Sanctuary Blessing Exchange:

Tasting what Jesus had in mind for His Church

We all have needs. There are no exceptions. We all have blessings. Again, no exceptions. That is why Jesus’ invented His Church, ‘the Body of Christ’ – a place where one member of the Body can use his or her blessing to minister to the need of another.

From this Sunday until Easter Sunday, it is our desire to give The Sanctuary ‘a taste’ of what Jesus had in mind for His Church. To participate in The Sanctuary Blessing Exchange requires two attitudes. One is an attitude of humility. You must freely admit that you are not completely ‘altogether’. That you, like the rest of humanity – have needs. You must be willing and able to identify that need.

The second attitude is that of unselfishness. This requires an inventory of your strengths – and a willingness to share your greatest blessing to help someone in their greatest need.

As you have been preparing for this day – please take a few minutes to prayerfully complete the card.

• We all have blessings and needs. Please let others minister to you. Please minister to others.

• Our office will prayerfully match blessings with needs.

• If possible, we will try to make the matches within a Home Church.

• We will take care to let you remain as anonymous as possible.


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