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  • 1. A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN, ON EARTH Acts 2:42
  • 2. TAKE HOME
    • We look back to the early days of the church…when all was fresh and more simple.
    • Here’s a fine model of devotion to God and fellow-believers.
    • Has God left a record of their ways to inspire and direct us? Hmmmm.
  • 3. Opening Prayer
  • 4. Announcements
  • 5. Worship
  • 6. An Amazing New Day For A New Cohort Of Faith-People
    • Try to imagine the wonder of it all
    • Temple rituals set aside
    • Thousands have stepped away from the old way to sign-on with Jesus
    • We have a new basis for fellowship: We’re hiking the Jesus Trail
  • 7. They Gave Their Full Attention To The Teaching Of The Apostles
    • They are the people of Jesus. But Jesus has gone to heaven. The Apostles will have to speak on his behalf
    • These men had walked with Jesus for three years
    • They’d witnessed miracles and even resurrections from the dead
    • Jesus had taught them well and given the Holy Spirit to keep those lessons clear and ready for delivery to others
    • Long before the New Testament (documents) the Apostles spoke with authority granted by God
  • 8. Happy Campers! Devoted To The Loving Care Of Each Other
    • “ The Fellowship” is another way of saying “Fellow travelers”…people with a common bond…Forever Friends
    • Devoted to God, giving heed to God’s appointed leaders…and devoted to each other --Acts 4:32
    • Some sold land and gave the money to care for the needs of the poor among them --Acts 4:36
  • 9. Happy Campers! Devoted To The Loving Care Of Each Other
    • We are to love everybody…especially other passengers on the Heaven Train
    • The picture was one of mutual affection, generosity and commitment to each other’s good
  • 10. Offering
  • 11. Two Ordinances (Rituals) Were Practiced By These Converts
    • Baptism wrapped up the conversion experience…signing on the dotted line
    • Breaking of Bread (The Lord’s Supper) was an ongoing practice celebrating the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus
    • Does this experience help you stay ‘on course’?
    • Paul would later say that in communion we ‘show forth the Lord’s death’ until he comes. --I Cor 11:23-26
  • 12. I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I trust him as my Lord and Savior. Confession
  • 13. Worship
  • 14. Prayer! At The Heart Of The Christian Community The Gospels tell of Jesus’ mighty prayer life…talking to the father. These messianic Jews worshipped God in prayer, and sought power to face persecution. Acts 4:23-31
  • 15. Prayer
  • 16. Worship
  • 17. TAKE HOME
    • We look back to the early days of the church…when all was fresh and more simple.
    • Here’s a fine model of devotion to God and fellow-believers.
    • Has God left a record of their ways to inspire and direct us? Hmmmm.
  • 18. Go With A Little Bit Of Heaven, On Earth Acts 2:42

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