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Sermon – Jesus WOW Part 2

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The Challenge Of

Jesus’ WOW Factor

 

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Introduction!

Last Sunday we reflected together about the WOW factor of Jesus. What does WOW stand for? Worthy of Worship! We saw together how as expressed in Colossians 1v15-20 Paul had a WOW factor about Jesus Christ!

I shared how the WOW factor of Jesus for me included his uniqueness, majesty, tenderness, wisdom, strength and loveliness. That this extraordinary Jesus loves us with an unparalleled and creative passion!

Then we looked at the WOW factor having an impact on communities by way of us as Christians being as Jesus, through loving, serving and giving to others! We saw that by using the power and strength of the Holy Spirit within us, meant that we would never tire of loving, serving and giving to others. Then finally, this Jesus will be returning and will do the most extraordinary thing to all those who persevere – Revelation 21v4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. That’s a WOW factor of Jesus! How has your WOW factor of Jesus been this past week?

It would be lovely to just stay there and bask in that WOW factor but that would not be the full picture! We have to live between the present and the future and Jesus has left us with a job to do! Anybody here find that following Jesus closely easy? Not just me then!

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The First Deaconate ~ Acts 6v1-7

The First Deaconate ~ Acts 6v1-7

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Introduction

So far in the book of Acts, we can see that the Church has come under attack by the

  • The world (persecution),
  • satan (deceit & moral compromise)

Now a new crisis appears. Unable to destroy the church by way of persecution and deceit, satan now tries to create a split in the church by getting believers to argue and fight with each other.

If satan had succeeded in creating an implosion within this church, the only church in existence at the time, then the effects could have been devastating. The media in our world loves to report about anything negative to do with Christianity and the church. So any form of dissension, pressure splits and arguments within the Church, is often reported with an almost earnest gleefulness by the media.

From this Bible passage, four questions quite naturally arise.

  • What was the problem?
  • How was it resolved?
  • What happened after it was resolved?
  • How can we apply it to church life, 2000 years after the event?

Summary

The Problem! (v1)

The Solution! (v2-6)

Three things about the solution

Transformation of the Apostles – James, Peter & John particularly (v2)

All together now! (v2-5)

Commissioning (v6)

The Result! (v7)

Growth and witness = conversion of former enemies… (v7)

Growth and witness = reasoning and transformation

Conclusion

Transformation

Ministry for all – serving!

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