by Ernest Easley

How to Be a Difference Maker
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 19:23-20:1-5
November 16, 2008

We are continuing our study of the book of Acts today as we get back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Take your Bible and join me in Acts 19 where we find once again the Apostle Paul being a difference maker.
Now you talk about being a difference maker! The first century church was a difference maker because the members of the first century church were difference makers. After all .. a church is nothing more than the sum total of the membership.
The church becomes mission minded when the membership becomes mission minded. The church becomes soul conscience when the membership becomes soul conscience. And the first century church was made up of people who were difference makers.
In fact .. we read in chapter 19.11-12, "Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them."
And it didn't stop there. Look beginning in verses 19-20, "Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed."
When people come to know Jesus .. they get something better than this old world is able to offer. The things of this world are nothing more than a cheap substitute for the real thing. When you get the real thing .. you no longer want the substitutes that this world provides.
And the people in Ephesus .. having heard the gospel and repented of their sin ... made a clean break from the world. By the way .. that's what happens when you come to Jesus. And so what did they do? They had a public book burning! They wanted their neighbors and friends to kno ...

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