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 The seats are always so hard  I don’t always agree with the umpire  Sometimes the games run longer than I expected.  There are too many hypocrites.

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1  The seats are always so hard  I don’t always agree with the umpire  Sometimes the games run longer than I expected.  There are too many hypocrites (They are more interested in hotdogs and peanuts than they are in the game)!

2  Wake at 5:00, miss breakfast, walk 15 miles  Sit on hard bench in hot sun for 3 hours  Meet in secret place because last week soldiers broke up the meeting, arrested the elders, and beat up the preacher  Acts 2:41-42 Christians were steadfast  Acts 2:47 Favor  Acts 8:1-4 Favor was lost

3  Acts 8:1-4 Drove saints from home & job  Acts 7 Stephen became the first martyr  Acts 26:9-11 Saul’s efforts to stop the church  Saints had to meet in secret for fear of arrest, death, harm to family, removal of property…  Absence: Caught, Killed, Couldn’t Sneak Past Authorities, Betrayed The Brethren

4  Preacher went 10 minutes over last week  Air conditioning was not working  Some members did not greet me  I was sleeping, playing, being entertained  No obstacle too small to keep me away  Time Machine to 1st Century Church:  Clear distinction: Faithful and Failure  Faithful tortured, Failure comfortable

5  Worship is legal in this time at this place  We don’t need a refuge from persecution  We don’t need comfort from brethren  No threats to life, but clear threat to soul  Matt. 10:28 Who we should fear  Easy to attend, easier to stay home  Too much CASUAL CHRISTIANITY

6  Product sold by the denominations (comfortable dress, no guilt, no demands…)  Are we committed or casual in our service?  Absent frequently (not bothered by it)  Often late (disrupting class, no concern)  Dressed for lounging around the house  Last pew (observe, attention, participate?)

7  Acts 5:1-14  Saints got sincere or they got out  Clear distinction between the worldly and the righteous in the 1st century  Known by the church  Known by those outside of the church  Known by God then and now


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