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A Gospel Break Through (Part II)
Series: Back To The Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
We are rethinking these days what it means to be a Christian and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. From the book of Acts .. we have discovered that the further we get from the 1st century church in TIME .. the further we get from the 1st century church in KIND. So far .. that sometimes you have to look pretty hard to see any similarities between the two.
But God is looking for some 1st century churches in the 21st century to use to bring glory to Himself ... to help bring this generation into a relationship with Him .. to help the hurting and to care for the dying. And how I pray that we will rise up and say, "Lord, we'll be that kind of church."
Well ... for us to be that kind of church .. we're going to have to get back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and to be the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. And of course the book that God's given us to get there is the book of Acts.
Our study in Acts brings us today to the 10th chapter where we meet up again with a man name Cornelius who was in the process .. perhaps like some of you ... of coming to know Jesus.
Now Cornelius was a fine man. We read in 10.2 that he was a "devout man ... feared God and led his family to fear God ... he was a giver, not tightfisted .. and he prayed to God" ... and yet .. he was not a saved man on his way to heaven. If deeds and desires could save .. Cornelius would have been in! But he wasn't!
Here's what Paul says about that in Ephesians 2.8-10, "For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
By Grace .. Through Faith .. For Good works!
There is more to being right with God than being devout .. fearing Him .. giving to th ...
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