by Adrian Rogers

Adrian Rogers
Acts 1:1-9

The book of Acts, a wonderful, wonderful book. And
we're going to be looking at the book of Acts quite a
bit of time in the near future. As a matter of fact
we're beginning in this New Year a brand new series,
and the title of the series, "That Old Time Religion."
That old time religion.

Now the reason I want to call it that old time
religion is that we need to take a look back that we
might really face the future. And its very important
that we do this today because it is the old time
religion that needs to be the new time religion.

I heard Billy Graham had come to a particular city
some time ago, or he was supposed a come for a revival
crusade and there was preacher who didn't want him to
come. The preacher was just kind of liberal and he
said, "We don't want that man here in our city. Why he
will set evangelism back 50 years." When Billy Graham
heard that he said, "Why I didn't want to set
evangelism back 50 years, I wanted to set it back 2000
years." Amen? And that's what we need to do is to get
back to the basics.

I'm told that Vince Lombardi didn't like to lose a
football game, the legendary coach of the Green Bay
Packers. But on a particular occasion they had lost a
game and it was a game that they didn't want to lose,
they didn't think they should have lost, and lost
because of some foolish mistakes.

He said very little on the bus away from the stadium,
very little on the airplane back. But the next day at
practice when they assembled on the field, he reached
into a canvas bag, had all of the team assembled,
reached into a canvas hag and held up a foot ball and
said, "Gentlemen, this is a football." He started with
the basics.

And that is what I want us to do this coming year. I
want us just to get back to the basics. I'm impressed
as I read the book of Acts. The book of Acts is the
story of success, it is the story of a church

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