by Jerry Vines

Building A New Testament Church
Jerry Vines
Acts 2:37-47

''Now when they had heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.'' When Billy Graham was first becoming popular and well-known in America, someone complained. Billy Graham is setting the church back two hundred years. With a twinkle in his eye, Billy replied, ''I have been trying to set the church back, two thousand years.''

Billy Graham understood that the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is intended to be according to the pattern given to us in the New Testament, in the word of God. It is very important that all of us who are involved in the church of the Lord understand what God intends his church to be. All of you are interested in making our church here everything God wants ...

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