God's Idea of Church (1 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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God's Idea of Church (1 of 4)
Series: I Am The Church
Jeff Strite
Acts 2:42-47

How many of you have ever read the magazine called "Reminisce"? Several years ago there was an article in that magazine by a woman who told of her father having returned from the war. He, like many men, wanted to buy tools for his worksho, and one of the tools he wanted was a drill press. But tools like that were scarce and expensive. He couldn't afford to buy one, so he built his own and used some unusual parts to build it:
• an old washing machine motor,
• a Model A Ford transmission,
• a car jack,
• a motorcycle kick-starter
• and a burned out drill chuck.
She said that he used it for more than 50 years and... it still works.
(Bunny Murphree Reminisce 10/02)

Now I don't know HOW that soldier put all of that together... but I was intrigued by the fact that this man knew WHAT he wanted and he knew how to build it. He wanted a drill press, but he didn't build it out of parts you and I would have expected him to use. He used the materials he had on hand. He used common, unimpressive, used equipment.
Now I'm fairly certain it wasn't pretty... but it worked.
In fact it worked so well... it's still working.

Years ago, God knew what He wanted
He wanted to build a church.
And God (being God) could have built that church out of any materials He wanted.

I. A Good Ad agency would have told God to make sure He did it right!
They would have done a demographic study to find and target a specific age group.
They would have managed the message so that it would appeal to that target audience.

And they would have told God to make sure this new church had...
• The best music program and song leaders
• The best youth program
• The best ministries for young adults/ senior adults
Then there would be billboards to buy, flyers to pass out.
And they'd want to build an impressive gymnasium so they could have an athletic outreach to the community. And of course, there wou ...


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