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Conflict Resolution in the Church (12 of 15)
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Today we are continuing our study of the book of Acts under the heading: BACK TO THE BASICS. From the book of Acts ... we are taking a hard look at what it means to be a Christian. What did it mean to be a follower of Jesus in the days of Acts and what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?
Well .. so far we've discovered that being a Christian means: living under the authority of scripture ... which calls us to live out what God has written out. And living out what He has written out calls us to love one another .. forgive one another .. promote and protect our unity .. serve one another.
I was in a home Monday night of a young couple who have been worshipping with us. As we were visiting .. he looked at me and said, ''Tell me more about this serving others this year that I've heard you talk about.'' I explained that what people see in us is what they ultimately come to believe about God. And that we want people to know the truth about God. And that by serving somebody this year ... that we're showing them Jesus. And by seeing the real Jesus by meeting their needs .. they will want to come to know Him. Everybody can serve somebody somewhere.
That friends is living under the authority of scripture. That's what it means to be a Christian: living under the authority of scripture. It also means living Spirit-Filled. Every day spending time in prayer and praise as we come clean asking God to control our thinking .. controlling our chooses .. control our talking ... control our emotions as we yield our will to His! And if you don't choose each day to be Spirit led .. then you'll be Flesh led. You just put it down: No decision is a decision in favor of the flesh. You have to decide daily to be a Spirit- filled .. Spirit-led Christian.
God has given us the book of Acts to help us get back to the basics of being a Christian and being His Church ...
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