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Summary: This message will guide us when we are new in A church. It is my desire to preach the Bible during the entire sermon. Please note all points and sub-points are tied to the scripture. This sermon is expository in style, you will have to open, and keep

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WHEN YOUR NEW IN THE CHURCH

Gal 1:18-24 NASB

{18} Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. {19} But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. {20} (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) {21} Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. {22} And I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; {23} but only, they kept hearing, "He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy." {24} And they were glorifying God because of me.

INTRODUCTION:

Have you had the experience of being new in a church? I have had the experience several times while in Seminary we joined 3 different churches. As a pastor I have joined 9 different churches. So I have had the new experience 12 times in 39 years.

In one church a lady was a charter member and I had trouble remembering her name. She let me know it and demanded that I call her by name. On one occasion this lady came up to me and asked "well do you know my name". I didn’t, and she was insulted, and let everyone around know it. Then I asked her "do you know my name?" She stuttered and her family laughed, and she was embarrassed because she could not think of my name.

There are many experiences to be shared with new members. We should do our best to make them feel welcome. We should help them find their way around the building. We should encourage them every way we can. In the text Paul has an experience similar to joining a new church. Lets look at it together as we notice these points of emphasis as one joins a new church.

1. Allow for . . Acquaintances.

2. Allow for . . Accuracies..

3. Allow for . . Applause.

1. Allow for . . Acquaintances. v 18-19

18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.

A. Allow for the . . Moment of Acquaintances.

18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem. . ."

B. Allow for the . . Magnitude of Acquaintances.

". . . to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.

1. Simon Peter.

2. James the Lord’s brother.

ILLUSTRATION Topic: Friendship Subtopic: Examples of Constancy Index: 1324

Dale Carnegie once said, "You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Which is just another way of saying that the way to make a friend is to be one."

G.K. Chesterton used to say, "The truly great person is the one who makes every person feel great." Jesus said in Luke 6:31, "And just as you want men to treat you, treat them in the same way."

The following illustration reveals the accuracy of the above listed statements. In Queen Victoria’s time, a young woman had the good fortune of being escorted to dinner by William E. Gladstone, who was considered one of the most brilliant statesmen of the 19th century. On the following evening, the same young lady was escorted by Benjamin Disraeli, novelist, statesman and twice prime minister of Great Britain.


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