Building A 21st Century Church (1 of 6) by Frank Damazio

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Building A 21st Century Church (1 of 6)
Series: Building an Acts 2 Church
Frank Damazio

Introduction: Church - What comes to your mind? A building? A place where you were married? "Church" is a word that conjures up old memories such as family, friends, choir, youth camps, or Sunday dinners. However church done God's way is much more than a building, a marrying place or a boring experience. Church done God's way engages the whole person in a dynamic and meaningful experience that shapes all of life. This is the kind of church we are building together. We seek to be the church seen in Acts 2-an A2 church-a local church with a brand new force that changes culture around them, a church that is thriving and alive. The church builder is Christ, and He has already given us a model to follow, a church He built to raise our vision to match His vision of church.

I. VIEWS OF THE CHURCH

A. WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND?

1. Family
2. Worship
3. Teaching
4. Friendship
5. People
6. Preaching
7. Exciting
8. Awesome
9. God
10. Giving
11. Serving
12. Prayer
13. Hope
14. Caring
15. Forgiveness
16. Fun
17. Receiving
18. Grace
19. Connecting
20. Opportunity
21. Learning
22. Jesus
23. Joy
24. Passion
25. Being blessed
26. My home
27. Security
28. Getting filled up
29. Closeness
30. Unity
31. Provision
32. Direction
33. Holy place
34. Support
35. Giving to others
36. House of refuge
37. Dedication
38. Powerful
39. Hospital
40. Healing place
41. Absolutely necessary
42. Strength
43. Touching my life
44. Can't miss it!
45. Loud
46. Laughter
47. Relationships
48. God's presence
49. Faith building
50. Unconditional love

B. WHAT DO OTHERS SAY?

1. In The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Screwtape, a senior devil, is instructing a junior devil on how to tempt and trap humans. Of the church he says, "One of our great allies at present is the church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the church as we see her spread out ...


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