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Summary: So the problem I pray that we solve for someone today or in the near future is this: What is the point in going to church? Why should I care? What's in it for me?

Let us look at five very important points this day.

#1

A POSITION FOR RELATIONSHIPS

Church was once an important Event

They:     

Broke bread     

Spoke of Christ     

Saw wonders and miracles     

Impressed their community     

Grew the church daily     

They realized what they had in common:         

Sinful past         

Holy future         

Children/Family

The churches of old, mentioned in today's passage, was a major event for each one of those people.

Because of their ACTION,..,.not INACTION their community knew of them and welcomed them.

And we are told that the church grew each day

There, you can assist your BROTHERS and SISTERS in bringing JOY to your community

There, you will build LASTING RELATIONSHIPS

There, no one is any better than anyone else

And there is a whole lot of sharing there.

People give each other rides to the doctor's office

They help were there is an illness or even when their are financial crisis

YOU CAN'T GET any of that at HOME or in the DEER BLIND!

#2

A POSITION FOR GROWTH

The CHURCH can GROW on YOU!

The LORD told me to tell you that!

This Passage depicts praying, communion, eating and worshiping together

Was there a bond?

How about our church?

Maybe it's because the church is missing people like you!

When you are not with them...there is a HOLE

How well can a FOOTBALL team play football without their quarterback?

Can they do without their janitor who cleans the toilets?

Can they do it without the person who makes the finest coffee?

Or makes them laugh when they are sad?

Or leads them in song?

Or helps them keep their heads on straight?

As a team we GROW TOGETHER!

Everybody suffers with:

No coffee

No jokes

No song leader

No team

Shouldn't our churches today be like those of old?

Of COURSE they SHOULD!

#3

A POSITION WITH A PURPOSE 18. SUMMATION

In verses 44 and 45 we read that each of them had work to do.

They supported the church by selling wares and going door-to-door as well,.

They were UNITED in everything they did.

Their community benefited from all of this focused LOVE

If they had a NEED...it was FULFILLED

People knew them and knew of them because of their MISSION

There purpose was to LOVE and to GIVE

Society has LOST THEIR PURPOSE

But...the CHURCH has a whole can of PURPOSE waiting for them.

We need to FOCUS on lining up this church's PURPOSE with societ\y's NEEDS. Again... that's were you come in!

No one can do it ALONE!

It takes a VILLAGE!

#4

A POSITION OF WORSHIP

Why do I need to seek this church building on a Sunday, when I can actively pray from my DEER BLIND?

The simple answer is: YOU WON'T

The physical and metaphysical CHURCH is a place to take REFUGE from the STORM

You will FIND that it is the most PEACEFUL place you can find.

Imagine sitting in a PEW on a Saturday night or praying at the ALTAR?

You might say, "pastor, no one does that anymore!"

And you would be right.

And perhaps that is why we have 60 million dead babies in this land.

Maybe that is why we have such drug problems.

Maybe that is why our murder rate is so high.

There is NO BETTER PLACE to WORSHIP your GOD than in CHURCH...within those four walls...NO BETTER PLACE!

#5

A POSITION OF IMPACT

The early church had such an impact on the surrounding communities.

Some where GOOD and some not so GOOD.

But one thing is for sure...they added to the CHURCH daily.

They GREW...and then they GREW some more.

Maybe by not going to church or not going to church regularly

you are negatively impacting more than just a few Sunday services.

Do you think David knew the IMPACT he would have on GOLIATH when he got out of bed on that FATEFUL day...

The answer is NO

God used David as an instrument

He wants to use every one of us as instruments

In His hands...we are FINE-TUNED instruments

CLOSING

God has a PERFECT position waiting for you

He knows what the church is missing

He knows what you can contribute

He wants to position you for a bright future

He needs you to help with GROWTH of his kingdom

He yearns for you to join His team

He wants to set you up where you will have the MOST IMPACT

He knows what His church is missing and often it is YOU!

Isn't there something you can do to POSITION yourself for a bright FUTURE?

Isn't there someplace where you can learn to be POSITIONED PERFECTLY to help GROW HIS KINGDOM?

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