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Stop Dating the Church (2 of 3)
Series: The Church Member of My Dreams
Acts 2:42, 46
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning, and I want you to turn with me to Acts chapter 2 again if you will. Acts chapter 2, we are in a study on what it means to be a part and a participant in the church that we have entitled, ''The Church Member Of My Dreams.'' If you'll remember, we've already dealt with and discussed the first essential element of church membership and that is that you've got to know Christ. You've got to be converted. It's not enough just to have your name on some church roll; you've got to have your name on heaven's roll. You've got to be saved. So, the first characteristic of the church member of my dreams is what you might call a converted membership.
That's what the Bible says in Acts chapter 2, verse 41. ''Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.'' Peter preached. The Spirit moved. Three thousand people were saved, and the church was born.
Now, this morning we're going to be looking and learning about the second characteristic of the church member of my dreams, and that's what I want to call a committed membership.
ILLUS: About a month ago, I came across a book. Now, the ladies that work on my library will tell you that that's nothing new. I love to buy books. But, the title of this book really got my attention. So, I bought the book and I read the book and I liked it so much and I got so much out of it that I picked up several copies that we have made available for you to pick up today after the service back in the foyer. It's a powerful book written by a young man in his mid-twenties who made a name for himself back in 1999 when he wrote a little book entitled, ''I Kissed Dating Goodbye.'' I believe that some of our students who are now in college even studied that book here at Temple at some point.
But anyway, it's five ye ...
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