The Church Gets to Work (3 of 16) by Steve Wagers

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The Church Gets to Work (3 of 16)
Series: Church the Way It Was Meant to Be
A Closer Look at the Book: ACTS
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Acts 3-4
July 22. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. Witnessing for the Lord!
A) The Man they Encountered
B) The Miracle they Experienced
1) The Success of It
2) The Source of It
3) The Season of It
2. Walking with the Lord!
A) In the Midst of a Political System
B) In the Might of a Powerful Savior
1) Average Men
2) Anointed Men
3) Ambitious Men
3. Waiting on the Lord!
A) In Prayer
B) For Power

More than 300,000 churches exist in the United States. In 1900, there were 27 churches for every 10,000 people; today, there are 12 churches for every 10,000 people, with an estimated 3500 churches which close their doors every year.

One could pick up a newspaper or a Yellow Page directory and see that we live in a day filled with a melting pot of churches. There are traditional churches and contemporary churches. There are city churches and country churches. There are churches for the down and out and churches for the up and out.

In his book, "The Church You've Always Wanted," Glenn Wagner lists some interesting churches one might find today. There is:

The Church of Networking: where you can make contacts to expand your business.
The Church of the Significant Other: where you can find that special someone.
The Church of the Country Club: where you gather together to celebrate that you can gather together and celebrate while others can't.
The Church of Heavenly Fun and Sanctified Pleasure: where they fill your night and weekends with fun and excitement, so that you won't take your business elsewhere.
The Church of the Self-Service, Spiritual Garage: where you get a periodic oil-change, or anointing.
The Church of the Fast-Food Restaurant: where you get what you want quick, easy and cheap. Just enough to sustain you for another week.
The Church of Hellfire: where you turn or burn; sha ...


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