by Steve Jones

The New Kid In Town
Steve Jones
Acts 11:19-22

INTRODUCTION: In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the company Apple in the garage of Jobs' father. Just four years later, the business went public, opening at twenty-two dollars a share and selling 4.6 million shares. It made more than forty employees and investors millionaires overnight. However, CEO John Sculley, the former Pepsi president, forced Steve Jobs out of APPLE in 1985. Sculley was replaced by Michael Spindler in 1993 and then Gilbert Amelio in 1996. During the tenure of those three leaders APPLE'S market share of personal computers declined from 14% to 3%. That was when Apple again looked to the leadership of its original founder, Steve Jobs, for help. Under the new leadership of Steve Jobs from 1997 to his resignation this year for health reasons, Apple products such as the iphone, iPod, ipad and macbook pro have revolutionized society AND Apple has become the most valuable company in the world.

So what does all of that mean, Steve? It means that a new leader CAN, not necessarily WILL, but CAN create new opportunities. And this is true in the church as well.

We have a new leader coming into our midst and I want us to think about, talk about, and pray about what that could mean for us as a church congregation. Today we're going to look at a church that welcomed a new leader into their midst. This passage will help us to see three ways in which a new leader CAN create new opportunities for a church. Let's begin by setting the Biblical scene.

Acts 11:19-22 "Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord's hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. News of this ...

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