by Ernest Easley

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The Name of JESUS (8 of 15)
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 4:1-12
March 2, 2008

We are thinking these days about getting back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and what it means to be the church. And the book God has given us to help us get there is the book of Acts.

So take God's Word and turn with me to the book of Acts. Last Sunday morning before our worship time I was meeting with our Deacons for prayer. As the men we're arriving .. one of our men tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Pastor, back when I was playing football, I can still remember our coach saying to us, "Boys, for us to be successful, we must do the basics well: blocking and tackling."

There is no winning season without emphasizing and executing the basics! That's true in sports .. that's true in business .. that's true in raising a family and yes .. that's even true in our spiritual life and church life. It seems that the further down the road we get .. the father away we get from the basics. And then we wonder why our spiritual life loses the passion and power we once had and our church life becomes ho-hum rather than alive and vibrant.

It's time for the church to get back to basics! And what we've discovered so far is that getting back to the basics means living under the authority of scripture again! That is .. following what God tells us through His word! When you're putting into practice God's word .. you're living under the authority of scripture: promoting and protecting our unity .. forgiving one another .. serving one another .. praying for one another .. worshipping with one another .. giving our tithes for the kingdoms work. Are you living under the authority of scripture these days? Are you a doer of the word or a hearer only? Getting back to the basics .. Christianity 101 .. Church 101 calls for the membership live under the authority of Scripture which leads us to be Spirit filled Saints which leads us to be a ...

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