Fire Extinguishers (6 of 7) by James Merritt

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Fire Extinguishers (6 of 7)
Series: Ignite
James Merritt
Acts 15:1-35

Introduction

1. Five words and regardless of where you are on the political spectrum you would agree they became one of the most famous political slogans of any political candidate in the last 50 years, ''Change We Can Believe In.'' Regardless of what you think about the slogan or even the man, one thing we all can agree on is that change is difficult. The older you get the harder change is. There are a lot of people I know who are more comfortable with putting up with old problems than they are finding new solutions.

2. They are like the church I heard about that desperately needed a new worship center, but they were afraid to take the risk of building it. During a worship service some plaster fell from the ceiling and hit the pastor on the head and sent him to the hospital (probably an answer to somebody's prayer.)

3. Immediately, a meeting was called and they made the following decisions:

1: We will build a new church
2: We will build a new church on the same site as the old one.
3: We will use the materials of the old church to build the new church
4: We will worship in the old church until the new church is built.

People are open to change often as long as it doesn't inconvenience them, cost them anything, or changes the way they do business or live their lives.

4. Change is what brings us to the 15th chapter of Acts. The Book of Acts, remember, is a birthday story. It is a story of the birth of the church. The church was literally born on fire. God had sent the Holy Spirit on a 120 believers. Peter had preached the first sermon on the Day of Pentecost. Three-thousand people got saved in one day and the church was off to the races. Jesus had promised that when the Holy Spirit came on the believers, they would be His witnesses, ''In Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.'' It was a breathtaking prediction and commandment. Jesus was ask ...


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