by James Merritt

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Any Given Sunday (1 of 8)
Series: Building Blocks
James Merritt
Acts 2:41-47


1. Today I begin a series of messages that I am entitling ''Building Blocks.'' I want to share with you over the next several weeks the ''building blocks'' that will be the foundation of Cross Pointe.

2. This is a Kodak moment. This is the first official service in the history of Cross Pointe. I want to take you back 2,000 years to another Kodak moment. I want to show you the earliest picture of the very first church in history. It is found in the book of Acts. Here in the second chapter we see the maternity ward where the first church was born.

3. 3,000 people had just been saved. They had become followers of Christ. They were the charter members of Cross Pointe--the church at Jerusalem Center. Here we see the church ''in its prime.'' Eventually, troubles would set in, problems would crop up as they do in all churches, but in Acts 2:41-47 we see God's ideal for the church.

4. In a moment we're going to read Dr. Luke's description of the church, which raises a question: How do we want people to describe Cross Pointe whenever they come on any given Sunday? What do we want them to see? What do we want them to hear? What do we want them to feel? What do we want them to experience?

5. I read a story about an elderly lady who was very cultured and very refined. She and her husband were planning a week's vacation in Florida, and they wanted to find a campground that was suitable for them to bring their RV. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped, but she didn't know how to ask about the toilet facilities. Being such a refined lady she just could not bring herself to write the word ''toilet'' in her letter.

6. Well, after much deliberation she finally came up with the term ''bathroom commode.'' But after writing that down she still thought she was being much too forward, so she rewrote the entire letter and referred to the ''bathroom com ...

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