Living As The Early Disciples Did August 17, 2014.

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Living As The Early Disciples Did

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Acts 2:42-47They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they2Acts 2:42-47continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. 3BackgroundWorld feared the ChurchChurch hungry to be taughtConcerned for one anotherPriority to worship God, edify each otherVery little if any disunityPrayer & thanksgiving vital to their livesModeled the principle of living generouslyCommitted to reaching others4Healthy ExpectationsThey didnt have a model, became the modelHad no roadmap, had to walk by faithDiligent, constant in pursuit of God through the word and prayerOur trouble is we have expectations of what church should look like.What if we didnt meet on a Sunday morning?What if?...GCF wants to be led by the Spirit5Chose to Live this WayWerent under Gods command.Their own property to do with what they wanted. Acts 5:4Surrender to live way God is leading us to liveWe can choose to live in Gods grace or not.GCF we want to be responsive to Gods grace6Greater Sacrifice = Greater ImpactWe want a little prayer and a lot of powerWe want a little study and a lot of knowledgeAs you sow, you shall reap 2 Cor 9:6, Gal 6:7-8Not talking about sacrifice that saves us, but the sacrifice that grows usGCF be a place where we sacrifice our rights to lift others above ourselves7Faith That God Will MoveGod did awesome wonders and signsGod added to the church dailyGCF be a place where we are coming together with expectation God is going to move8ConclusionChange expectationsFreedom to choose to obeyGreater sacrifice, more impactFaith and confidence in GodIf you could wipe the slate clean, what would you want the church to look like?What sacrifices would you make that might bring some desired results?9