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A FIRST CENTURY CHURCH IN A 21st CENTURY WORLD
As we enter into the 21st century we find ourselves in
a world that is filled with chaos and confusion. We are
living in a world that has not been able to solve the basic
needs of the human existence. Ours is a world of great
knowledge of expertise and technology. Yet, for all of our
technology and expertise we have not really been able to
deal with the basic problems of the human heart. So, we
are living in the 21st century in a world where there is a
great deal of pessimism. There is despair. There is a
sense of hopelessness. We are really wondering if we can
cope with the problems of our day.
In the midst of the 21st century world like that, I
declare unto you that what we need is a 1st century church.
That may sound a little outdated. It's almost 2,000 years
old now. It's a church that existed at the turn of the
century, shortly after the life and death of the Lord
Jesus. How can a 1st century kind of church cope with a 21st
century world and meet the needs of the 21st century?
A rather interesting thing has taken place in my
lifetime as a preacher and as a pastor. Throughout this
nation God has raised up churches. God has used churches
that are true to the biblical pattern to have unusual
impact on the society and the culture in which we live.
There are some very hopeful signs, by the way, in the world
of the church. There is renewed interest in Bible study.
We have more Bible study groups now than I've eve seen
before. All over the city people are gathering together in
Bible studies and people are coming just like you come to
hear God's Word expounded and explained.
There is also more emphasis on personal witnessing
than I have seen in a long, long time. I was in a
different day and culture. I was not taught a great deal
about how to be a witness. I was told that I ...
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