by Ernest Easley

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A Grace Filled Church (1 of 2)
Series: Back to the Basics
Ernest L. Easley
Acts 11.1-30

The further we get into our study of the book of Acts, the more convinced I'm becoming that God is calling His church back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! I'm afraid that by and large, churches have moved away from rather than moved toward God's design and desire for us as Christians and Churches!

Well, that's what the book of Acts is all about. God gave it to us to help us get back to the basics. That's where the power is! That's where the passion is! That's where our purpose is! And I pray that by now that your heart is longing like my heart is longing for us to get back to the basics!

Today we come to the 11th chapter of the book of Acts where we find the kind of church that God is looking for to bless with power. Yes ... it was a Good church and it was a Gifted church. In fact, it was a Giving Church. But better than being a Good church and a Gifted church or a Giving church is being a Grace Filled Church. And we read about this Grace Filled Church here in the 11th chapter of Acts.

Now chapter 10 ends with the first Gentiles being baptized having decided to follow Jesus. That took place in the home of Cornelius. Now you would think that everybody would be excited about that news. I've got news for every new believer: not everybody is going to be excited about your relationship with Jesus. And sometimes, the very people you think would be supportive and excited about you being saved, are not.

It could be your spouse, your parents, your siblings, your classmates ... your teammates. Don't be surprised if everybody isn't excited about your decision to follow Jesus. Now I can tell you who WILL BE excited and supportive: your brothers and sisters in Christ! That's who! Why do you think this congregation breaks out in applause after every baptism? It's their way of saying: ''We're excited for you! We're sta ...

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