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Summary: Spiritual reproduction is the natural outcome of a people with right priorities.

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YOU DO THE MATH

Acts 2:42-47

S: Church

C: Purpose of the Community

Th: A People with Purpose

Pr: SPIRITUAL REPRODUCTION IS THE NATURAL OUTCOME OF A PEOPLE WITH RIGHT PRIORITIES.

Type: Inductive

The ____ priority…

I. DEVOTION

II. WORSHIP [AWE]

III. UNITY

IV. GRACE [GENEROSITY]

V. JOY

PA: How is the change to be observed?

• Understand the mission [mind].

• Feel as Jesus did [heart].

• Live and speak the good news [hand].

Version: ESV

RMBC 05 February 06 AM

INTRODUCTION:

Who will be rooting for Pittsburgh?

Who will be rooting for Seattle?

How many wonder what the hype is all about?

I do believe, if you look hard enough, that something so temporal and unimportant as football can have a larger, and even eternal significance.

For example…

ILL Church: THE FIRST CHURCH OF FOOTBALL

In a never-ending effort to attract the unchurched, some churches have considered translating their unfamiliar terminology into familiar football phrases. For example:

FIRST QUARTER:

What most people put into the offering plate so it looks like they are giving.

HALFTIME:

Usually during the offertory when at least 14 people decide they need to use the restroom.

ILLEGAL MOTION:

Leaving before the benediction.

PASS INTERFERENCE:

A parent moving between two teens in the pew to halt the flow of notes back and forth during the sermon.

TACKLE:

Asking that "new couple" to sing in the choir, work in the nursery, serve on a committee, join a Bible study, and teach the middle schoolers before they get away.

OUR STUDY:

Since the beginning of the year, we have been using Acts 2.42-47 as our backdrop for our theme of the year, which is…

1. We are to be a people with purpose (Acts 2.42-47).

Collectively, as a people, as a church, we are to recognize that we possess purpose.

Not only do we possess it, we are to act on it.

Consider once again this text in Acts 2

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

I have never been in a church that does not consider itself a friendly church.

But I have been to some that were not friendly.

They probably thought they were open, but they were definitely more closed than open.

Churches often try to be open by having welcoming sayings.

I checked the phone books yesterday to see what local places were saying.

The first place said, “A warm welcome awaits you” (that was ours).

Another place said, “Open hearted, Open minded.”

And another church said, “Preparing You for Success in Life.”

In another area of the country, two churches were obviously competing with one another.


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