Building Up the Body (4 of 7) by Rick White

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Building Up the Body (4 of 7)
Series: Seven Step Strategy For A Biblically Functional Community
Rick White
Acts 2:42-47 and 1 Cor. 12:14-20
02/18/96

Introduction: The mission of our church is to increasingly know Christ and to continually make Him known. We are talking about a seven step strategy to make that a reality.
1. Develop a burden for and build a bridge to the unchurched.
2. Build authentic relationships to the unsaved through genuine friendship.
3. Share a clear verbal witness of the Gospel.
4. Join a small group or Bible study class in order to maximize spiritual strength.

(Acts 2:42-47 KJV) And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. {43} And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. {44} And all that believed were together, and had all things common; {45} And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. {46} And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, {47} Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

When I read about God's relationship to man in the Bible, especially the NT, I see two things very clearly.
1. It is God's desire for man to be saved.
2. 2. It is God's desire that saved men and women participate together in the church.
One of the most significant persons in my life as a young Christian was a former Sunday School teacher. He was significant for several reasons, most which were very positive. However, there was one thing about this fine man and his wife that was significant for a negative reason. It has been nearly 20 years since they have participated in the life of a local church. How sad and yes, disobedient it is to live life separated from the family of faith.
(Heb 10:25 NASB) ...


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