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The Portrait of the New Testament Church (6 of 15)
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
February 17, 2008
Now take your Bible and turn with me to Acts 2 as we continue our series of messages under the heading: BACK TO THE BASICS. What does it mean to be a Christian .. a true follower of Jesus Christ? When a person decides to turn from their sin and to receive Jesus Christ into their life ... how does that look at work or at school or at home?
And what about your church life? And what kind of church does God want you being a part of? What should you be looking for when looking for a church?
Here's what I want to know: what is the church and what is the church intended to do? Well .. that's what Getting Back to the Basics according to the book of Acts is all about. It's Christianity 101. It's Church 101. It's about getting back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and what it means to be the Church.
Last time together we moved into Acts 2 .. the birth chapter! You say, "The birth chapter? What was born?" The Church was born .. that's what! What you have in Acts 2 is the first church. And Dr. Luke gives us a clear picture of what the church is and what the church is intended to do.
Now I sometimes hear people say, "Well .. I don't care for church. Oh, I'm saved and right with God, but I don't go to church nor do I need the church."
Let me tell you why I love the church: because Jesus loves the church. And because I love Jesus .. I love what Jesus loves and Jesus loves the church. The church may have scars and struggles .. but I love the church because Jesus loves the church and gave His life for it.
So what does a New Testament Church look like? And does Roswell Street Baptist Church resemble the first church that God so wonderfully blessed that we read about in Acts 2? Well .. Getting Back to the Basics means getting back to doing church God's way. Let's see what that means for us ...
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