Presentation on theme: " 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."— Presentation transcript:
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)!
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
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
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
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
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?)
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