Burning Love (4 of 7) by James Merritt

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Burning Love (4 of 7)
Series: Ignite
James Merritt
Acts 5:17-42

Introduction

1. We all learn sooner or later that ''Things are not always as they seem.'' Sometimes what we think is bad news is really good news in disguise. That is illustrated by a story of two women who had not seen each other in quite a while. They were catching up and the first woman said, ''I just got married.'' Her friend said, ''That is good news.'' She said, ''No, it is bad news. He is ugly.'' Her friend said, ''That's bad news.'' She said, ''No, it is good news. He is rich!'' Her friend said, ''That's good news.'' She said, ''No, it is bad news. He only spends money on what he wants.'' She said, ''Well, that's bad news.'' She said, ''No. It is good news. He built us a beautiful house.'' Her friend said, ''That's good news.'' She said, ''No, it is bad news. It burned to the ground.'' Her friend said, ''Well, that's bad news.'' She said, ''No, it is good news. He was in it.'' She said, ''Well, that's bad news.'' She said, ''No. It is good news. He left everything to me.''

2. As I read about the story of the early church, in the Book of Acts, I sometimes wonder whether I am reading bad news or good news. As you are going to see today what appears to be a bad thing, really is a good thing. What appears to be bad news turns out to be good news.

3. We are in a series of messages in the Book of Acts we are calling ''Ignite.'' In the Book of Acts you see the picture of a church the way a church ought to be; a church that has to love God, serve others and share their story.

4. As we come to the 5th chapter and we watch the fire burning in the early church, it is a wildfire spreading like hot maple syrup on a pancake. Amazing things are happening!

5. ''Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. And more than ...


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