Envision the Vision
Acts 2:37-47; 4:32-37
Vision: To make growing followers of Jesus who influence others with the gospel, for the good of individuals, families, our community and the world.
Introduction: Imagine your perfect vacation at the beach. Picture you and your family driving down to the outer banks. You stop at Chick fil A for lunch on the way down. There is no traffic, the kids are giddy with excitement. You arrive at your beach house and it's 10x better than the pictures on the internet. You are only a mere 50 yards from the beach. The weather for the week shows a constant 82 degrees with not a cloud in the sky. You are able to sit in your beach chair reading your favorite book while the kids make sand castles and play in the waves. It's the perfect vacation.
This is what you envision in your mind. This is the reality that you want. You've worked hard at getting everything together, you've made plans for months and spent a good deal of money on this vacation. Why? You really have a genuine desire for your family to have a nice, well-deserved vacation.
I want you to know that it's ok to want the perfect vacation. We all need break from our normal work routine. I think it's part of the balance and rhythm that God has built into us.
The passage we just read seems also like a perfect vision or picture of the church. They were happily worshiping together regularly. They devoted themselves to studying the Scriptures, to fellowship and prayer and celebrating the sacraments of the Communion and baptism. They were living selflessly - even to the point of selling property in order to make sure everyone's needs were met. They found favor with all the people in the community and their church was growing rapidly. Every day people were coming to Christ and joining the church.
This was certainly a special time in church history as God was pouring out his blessing to get the early church started.
My friends outside of Spring Run w ...
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