A Grace Filled Church (2 of 2) by Ernest Easley

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A Grace Filled Church (Part II)
Series: Back To The Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 11.1-30
July 20, 2008

If the book of Acts teaches us anything .. it teaches us that it is not easy to get back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! It is easier to settle for mediocrity. It's easier to settle for average. It's easier to settle for being the norm.
Hey folks .. God is not looking for mediocrity to bless! Nor is He looking for average to bless .. much less the norm! He's looking for people who are sold out to Jesus ... filled with the Holy Spirit who are living under the authority of scripture .. protecting and promoting unity and have a "what-ever-it-takes" attitude in getting out the gospel THAT'S where the blessing is! THAT'S when the power comes! No wonder God is calling His church to get back to the basics! Because so many people today are trying to live life without God! They are trying to do marriage without God ... raise children without God .. lead a business without God.
Let me tell you something: life without God is hard! Proverbs 13.15, "Good understanding gains favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard." No wonder you're struggling so much. No wonder life is so hard for you! "the way of the unfaithful (unrighteous) is hard."
You say, "Well, if life without God is hard .. how is life with God?" I think I'll just let Jesus answer that question: Matthew 11.30, "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Now "easy" doesn't mean problem free. It does mean power full! Saved or lost ... problems come .. reversals comes. Here's the difference: the lost person is on his own while the saved person is no .. never alone!
Now take God's Word and join me in the 11th chapter of Acts where we find one of those God-blessed .. God-used .. God-filled 1st century churches that we long to be like. Here is a church that was doing the basics and God was using it to turn their world up ...

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