It's Time to Move (6 of 16) by Steve Wagers

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It's Time to Move (6 of 16)
Series: Church the Way It Was Meant to Be
A Closer Look at the Book: ACTS
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Acts 8
September 2. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. The Church of God Moves Out!
A) An Unorthodox Method
B) An Unchanged Message
2. The Enemy of God Moves In!
A) Their Focus was Distracted
B) Their Faith was Determined
3. The Grace of God Moves On!
A) Salvation Demanded
1) By the Sinner
2) Through the Scripture
a) Suffering Christ
b) Silent Christ
c) Slaughtered Christ
B) Salvation Delivered
C) Salvation Demonstrated

One of today's oldest churches is in Swan Quarter, North Carolina. The original church was built in 1834. It is a church with a wonderful and unique history. Before it was built, the congregation had its eye on a plot of land that they desired to build their sanctuary. However, the landowner refused to sell the land; particularly, because he wanted nothing to do with a church. Thus, the church settled to build on a piece of land that was its second choice.

Two years later, after the building was built, a violent storm hit the community. The storm was so destructive that homes were destroyed, trees were uprooted and massive damage was caused. Even the church building itself was lifted off of its foundation and carried more than 300 feet.

When the storm was over, and the smoke settled, they found something very interesting: the church had landed upon the exact plot of ground that it wanted to build on in the first place. The congregation did not believe this to be an accident, so the name of the church was changed because the congregation believed that the House of God had been MOVED by the Hand of God!

Victor Hugo wrote, "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come."

The Gospel of Christ is much more than an idea. It is the "power of God to salvation to everyone that believeth." However, the time had ...


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