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Three "B's" for Every God Influencer (8 of 16)
Series: The God Issue
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Colossians 2: 8-17
Today we are back in our study of the book of Colossians under the heading of THE GOD ISSUE. So take God's Word and turn with me to Colossians 2 where we will begin reading in a moment.
I must tell you that I get energized when I read how the first century church was influencing their world. I believe what God did through the first century church that He longs to do through the twenty-first century church. You talk about making God the issue, they did it! The first century church was made up of God Influencers! They started the Each One, Reach One movement!
For example, listen to Acts 9.31-32, "Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied." They were "walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit," no wonder they were multiplying! As Each One, Reached One .. the one they reached, reached someone else. Then the one THEY reached, reached somebody else and before long, the church was multiplying! We talk today about "church additions." They talked about "church multiplication."
I'm still reading in Acts 9.32-35, "Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwell in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, 'Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.' Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and turned to the Lord." The greatest evidence in for Jesus is a changed life.
You talk about being a God Influencer! Two communities came to Jesus through the influence of this one man named Aeneas! Don't miss this: Aeneas became a part of the evidence of the power of God! Wh ...
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