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No Room For Selfishness Slides, 8/18/13

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  • 1. SELFISHNESS:   concerned  excessively  or  exclusively  with  oneself;   seeking  or  concentra7ng  on  one's  own   advantage,  pleasure,  or  well-­‐being  without   regard  for  others.   Merriam-­‐Webster  
  • 2. Examples  of  Selfishness     •  “It’s  my  way  or  the  highway.”   •  Going  out  on  a  date  and  talking  about  yourself   all  evening.   •  Lying  so  you  can  stay  out  of  trouble.   •  Making  huge  decisions  without  consulFng  a   parent  or  your  spouse.    
  • 3. Now  the  full  number  of  those  who  believed   were  of  one  heart  and  soul,  and  no  one  said  that   any  of  the  things  that  belonged  to  him  was  his   own,  but  they  had  everything  in  common.  And   with  great  power  the  apostles  were  giving  their   tesFmony  to  the  resurrecFon  of  the  Lord  Jesus,   and  great  grace  was  upon  them  all.  There  was   not  a  needy  person  among  them,  for  as  many  as   were  owners  of  lands  or  houses  sold  them  and   brought  the  proceeds  of  what  was  sold    and  laid   it  at  the  apostles'  feet,  and  it  was  distributed  to   each  as  any  had  need.    
  • 4. Thus  Joseph,  who  was  also  called  by  the  apostles   Barnabas  (which  means  son  of  encouragement),   a  Levite,  a  naFve  of  Cyprus,  sold  a  field  that   belonged  to  him  and  brought  the  money  and   laid  it  at  the  apostles'  feet.   Acts  4:32-­‐37  (ESV)  
  • 5. The  UNSELFISH  Church:   1.  They  understood  it  was  no  longer  “I”  but   “we”  
  • 6. The  UNSELFISH  Church:   1.  They  understood  it  was  no  longer  “I”  but   “we”   2.  No  one  forced  them  to  give.      
  • 7. The  UNSELFISH  Church:   1.  They  understood  it  was  no  longer  “I”  but   “we”   2.  No  one  forced  them  to  give.     3.  There  was  no  need  too  big      

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