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Where Faith Comes Alive (5 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Ships that pass in the night, and speak
each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant
voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass
and speak to one another,
Only a look and a voice; then
darkness again and silence.
(Longfellow, The Theologian's Tale)
"And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart... (Acts 2:46).
Introduction: Three reasons why you should join a small group
The application at the end of the message today is going to be very specific. We're going to distribute a form to each one of you and ask you to sign up for a four-week experiment which we've christened a F.U.N. Group--a small group of 16 or so people. The acrostic stands for Friends Until November--a title which communicates the essentials of this adventure. We want to facilitate a host of new friendships within our church family in a very limited period of time. Because IBC has grown so rapidly, we've sensed the need to provide a context where folks can get acquainted. My desire is that all 600 adults who worship here on weekends will join a four-week F.U.N. group.
Why am I telling you the application of the message before I even preach the message? Because I think it's only fair to warn you that I'm about to spend the next 30 minutes trying to convince you to sign up. I want you to see from Scripture that it's important for you as a Christian to be active in a small group of believers who meet regularly for mutual worship and encouragement. So humor me. Think with me through Acts 2:41-47. Then at the end, do the right thing and sign up! READ . . . From these verses, I'd like to pull out one principle and three observations. . .
The Principle (41-42): Christian faith is derived from revelation but demonstrated in ...
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