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Series: The Church Member of My Dreams
INTRO: I want you to take your Bible's now this morning, and I want you to be finding your place at Acts chapter 2 if you will. As I mentioned last week, this morning we are going to begin a short study from Acts chapter 2 that I want to entitle, ''The Church Member Of My Dreams.'' What is a church member supposed to look like? What is a church member supposed to sound like? What's a church member supposed to be like? Well, we're going to be dealing with and digging into and discovering the answers to those questions here over the next few weeks as I share with you from God's Word about the church member of my dreams.
ILLUS: On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. That speech, entitled, ''I Have A Dream'' both encouraged and energized the modern civil rights movement. Toward the end of that speech, Dr. King gave that powerful statement that we've heard so many times before: ''I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ''We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'' I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. . . . I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.''
Well, I have a dream today as well. But unlike Dr. King, my dream is not a social dream. It's a spiritual dream, and it's a scriptural dream. It's not so much a dream for civil rights as it is a dream for a converted, committed, contagious and contributing church. That's the dream that I have today. And my prayer is tha ...
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