by Ernest Easley

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A Must For Effective Ministry - Part 2 (2 of 2)
Series: Back To The Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 9.32-43
June 15, 2008

The more time I spend in the book of Acts learning about what it means to be a Christian and to be the church .. the more convinced I become that it is time for every bible believing Christian and Church get back to the basics!
It seems that the further we get from the first century church in TIME ... the further we get from the first century church in KIND. So much .. that sometimes you have to look pretty hard to find anything that we have in common with the first century church!
What our generation desperately needs are some first century churches in the twenty first century! And how I pray that the membership of Roswell Street Baptist Church would stand up and speak up and say in one voice: " Oh God! We'll be that kind of church. We'll be a church with POWER: filled with the Holy Spirit .. living under the authority of scripture .. promoting and protecting the unity of the fellowship. We'll be a church with PRAISE: as we continue lifting up the name of Jesus every time we gather together for worship. We'll be a church with PASSION to reach out in Jesus' name to every lost person we meet. We'll rise up and be a first century church in the twenty first century!
The first century church was multiplying and one must for multiplying was that they were a caring congregation. They cared for one another. They cared for those in need. They cared for the sick. They cared for the down and out. They cared for the lost.
No wonder they never ran out of prospects! If you care for hurting people .. they will find you. That's why they were multiplying! No wonder they saw people saved and baptized daily. They cared for people .. all kinds of people. Word was out: the people up at that church really care!
When you come to Acts 9.32 .. you read about two people who had a need. Aeneas needed a lift and Tabitha needed life ...

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