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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Glueless in Greensboro

Sojourn, as you prepare for worship tomorrow, spend a few moments and read the following verses from the book of Acts.  Acts 2:42; 17:34 and 20:37.   Below is the outline for the message tomorrow which will be given by Pastor Glenn.  

I. The Phenomena of the "Glueless" Christian - Acts 2:42-46

Acts 2:42-46 - "They 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 they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,…"

Marks of "Gluelessness"

         #1 Lack of concern for the apostle's teaching

         #2 Lack of concern for the other members

         #3 Lack of concern for the work of God - v. 42c

         #4 Lack of concern for prayer - v. 42d

II.     Selfish Motivations to Remain "Glueless"

         A. "Gluelessness" avoids accountability.

         B. "Gluelessness" avoids responsibility.

         C. "Gluelessness" makes it easy to leave.

Acts 20:36-38 - "When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship."

         D.  "Gluelessness" appears to be emotionally safer.

III.    A Strategy for Gluing

 Heb. 10:23-25 - "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

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