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									     Being an Enthusiastic Church



 “What does it mean to be an
   “Enthusiastic Church?”

En-theos = “In-God” or “God in
             us”

 “What does it mean to be an
    “God-in-us church?”
         Enthusiastic Church – Devoted to . . .


              Acts 2:42
”They devoted themselves
   to the apostles' teaching and
   to the fellowship,
   to the breaking of bread and
   to prayer.”
        Enthusiastic Church – Devoted to . . .




          “devoted to”

         Literal meaning:
     “Continuing steadfastly”

               =
“A Commitment Lived Out in Action.”
     Enthusiastic Church – Devoted to Apostles’ Teaching




Devoted to:
        The Apostles’ Teaching
                  =
 “A Commitment Lived Out in Action
    of learning more about Jesus
          through his Word.”

     “the God-in-us constancy,
continually fed by the Word of God.”
      Enthusiastic Church – Devoted to Breaking of Bread




Devoted to:
         Breaking of bread
                 =
     Sharing a meal that both
      celebrates and lives out
       grace and acceptance
      Enthusiastic Church – Devoted to Breaking of Bread




Devoted to:
             Fellowship
                  =
Committed to building community,
fellowship [koinonia] because of our
renewed community [fellowship]
with God.
      Enthusiastic Church – Devoted to Breaking of Bread




Devoted to:
              Prayer
                 =
Being committed to show God that
we value the relationship, Jesus has
won for us on the cross, by opening
     our hearts to him in daily
          communication.
Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus




Scripture Reading

     Acts 3:1-10
       Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



 At the end of Acts 2 we are given

“a rather cozy picture of the church
 gathered for teaching, fellowship,
   the breaking of bread and the
  prayers.” William Willimon, Acts p.43

 Church can become so warm and
  inviting that we rather not go
             outside.
    Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



In one of the church’s old hymns
             we sang:
     “Sweet hour of prayer,
      sweet hour of prayer,
       that draws me from
        the world of care.”
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



   But Luke here shows that the
church’s being devoted to these 4
 things did not let them avoid the
       misery of the world.

  Peter and John on their way to
prayer in the temple are confronted
    by a man lame from birth.
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



         William Willimon:

 ”The path toward significant prayer
is a way that goes straight through,
   not around, human suffering.”
                Acts, p.44
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



         Picture the scene:

2Now a man crippled from birth was
  being carried to the temple gate
 called Beautiful, where he was put
 every day to beg from those going
       into the temple courts.
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



4Peter looked straight at him, as did
John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!"
    5So the man gave them his
    attention, expecting to get
       something from them.
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



 6Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I
do not have, but what I have I give
you. In the name of Jesus Christ of
         Nazareth, walk."
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



  7Taking him by the right hand, he
   helped him up, and instantly the
    man's feet and ankles became
 strong. 8He jumped to his feet and
  began to walk. Then he went with
them into the temple courts, walking
   and jumping, and praising God.
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



Jesus continues his healing ministry
        through the church
            Acts 1:1-2

When Jesus commissioned the 12,
he “gave them power and authority
to drive out all demons and to cure
         diseases.” Luke 9:1
    Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



The followers of Jesus continued
  the healing work of Jesus.

“In the name of Jesus Christ of
    Nazareth, walk." Acts 3:6

                =
    Acting on Jesus’ behalf,
        by his authority
       Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



        In the name of Jesus

   People were healed [3:6; 4:7]
     Miracles took place [4:30]
     Sins were forgiven [10:43]
The Gospel was preached [4:17; 5:28]

    This was the name for which
believers were ready to die [5:41; 9:16;
                   15:26]
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



In the next section Peter goes on to
              explain:
“Why do you stare at us as if by our
  own power or godliness we had
    made this man walk?” v.12

“It is Jesus' name and the faith that
 comes through him that has given
this complete healing to him, as you
          can all see.” v.16
 Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



      This isn’t magic.

 This is Jesus continuing
    his work on earth
through his body on earth,
        the church.
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



   Do we as church still have this
ability to heal, in the name of Jesus,
by the authority of Jesus who is on
           heaven’s throne?

 When was the last time you told a
panhandler with schizophrenia, “In
  the name of Jesus be healed.”?
       Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



Some would say that this ability was
     just for the early church
       to help it get started.

     Story of Ron VandenGrind
 Former CRWM Missionary in the Philippines
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



Jesus is still on the seat of authority

"All authority in heaven and on earth
   has been given to me.” Matt. 28:18

    Jesus is continuing his work
  in this world through his church
        until he comes again.
     Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus

              Saying
         “In Jesus’ name”
    is not a magic incantation.

God is not our puppet who moves
   when we say magic words.

   Simon the sorcerer in Acts 8
wanted to buy the power to bestow
         the Holy Spirit.
     Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



     We say, “In Jesus’ name”
not to make God do what we want.

                  But,

    we say “In Jesus’ name”
    to have the ability to do
   what Jesus wants us to do.
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



 But that still raises the question:

   Do we as the body of Christ,
 still have the authority of Jesus
to heal the sick “in Jesus’ name?”

Does our view of the world say that
 God now heals only through the
       medical profession?
      Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



Most of us have prayed in the name
of Jesus for the healing of a loved
               one.

 What do you do with the fact that
sometimes that loved one is healed
and at other times the person is not
  healed in the way that we had
               asked?
     Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



Has this reality made us no longer
           believe that

Jesus continues his healing and
redemptive ministry through his
        church today?
     Enthusiastic Church – In the Name of Jesus



 Do we still pray in the name of
Jesus with a faith that Jesus is in
             control?

								
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