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The Power of Community: Connect
August 19, 2018

The Power of Community: Connect

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Power of Community

We start a new sermon series on “The Power of Community.” It is clear that community is breaking down in American society. Americans today are more divided, alone, and isolated than ever before. We can see the impact of our disconnection, socially and personally. As the Church of Jesus Christ, we are called to Connect with Christ, Church and Community. This means that we are called to be God’s community regardless of the condition of the society around us. The community of Christ has the power to impact our lives and society with the power of God! We turn this week to Acts 2:38-47 because it shows the result of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost for the early believers. They became a community that witnessed to the power of God! We still need this power working in us and through us. Act 2:38-47 helps us to see God’s path to find more joy, more strength, and to build God’s community. As you read, Acts 2:38-47 allow God’s Spirit to speak to you and give you greater joy through praise and fellowship! Acts 2:38-47: 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off– for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40. With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (NIV)

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