Cheers: A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name (7/24/16)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Sermons | 1 comment

Cheers- “A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name.”  

Acts-  “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common.” 

How can we splice these two together?  Not to make The Church like a bar, but to make the Church a place where everybody knows your name… because Christ knows their name and they know Jesus’ Name.  Pastor Jim used this 1980s sitcom to illustrate that the relationship we have with eachother is welcoming and powerful when it flows out of the relationship we have with Jesus Christ.

The following recording is from the 9:30 service.  Click on the play button, then scroll down to follow along…

 

Our scripture reading was from Acts 2:40-47.  Open the below drop down box to follow along.  The New King James Version is shown below…

Acts 2:41-47

41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,

45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

 

A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name…

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One of the most beloved comedy TV shows was “Cheers.” It was a lovable comedy where America tuned in every Thursday night to follow the life of Sam Malone, Diane Chambers, Norm Peterson, Cliff Claven, Coach, Carla Tortelli, Woody Harrelson, Fraser Crane and Lilith, and Rebecca Howe. Each week the viewers saw this tight group of friends caring for each other, laughing with each other, holding each other accountable, sharing good times and sad times with each other.

AT THE END of each episode, regardless of what happened, they all had each others back.  The theme song of that show says, “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And they’re always glad you came.”

LET ME SAY CLEARLY: I do not condone drinking of alcoholic beverages, nor am I encouraging going to bar to learn Biblical truths. The Bible is clear of the sinfulness of drunkenness.


If we are able to look beyond the bar environment, we see the story of friends who truly care for each other. A place where first-time guests want to return. A place where people came in to celebrate or not feeling good, but when they left they were changed and feeling better about life.
Despite the teasing and the one-liners bantered about by the cast, we sense a genuine close-knit group of friends who truly care for each other and who always supported each other. And this unity, this closeness, was witnessed by all.

 

A Place Where they Knew THE Name!

Let’s leave the Boston hang-out of the 1980’s, and visit a real place in Israel during the 1st century…
The book of Acts is a retelling of the story of Christian communities during the first weeks and months following Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. Acts was written by Luke (a Greek physician), and it was written as a “second volume” to the Gospel of Luke.  If you want to learn the foundations of our faith, try reading the Gospel of Luke and continuing right through the book of Acts.  Your Bible might entitle this book “The Acts of the Apostles”, but to be clear, the Holy Spirit is the main force at work in these pages!

What were some of the characteristics of that Church? For one thing, the early Christians were a minority, as far as religion was concerned.   They considered themselves to be Jews, not a distinct religion, but the continuation of God’s revelation to humankind through the Hebrew people.

Is there something we can learn today from our ancient ancestors in the faith? Can the Christian Church be a place where we can salute each other with a loving, “CHEERS,” and be a place where everybody knows your name? MORE THAN THAT, can the Christian Church return to its roots so that the Church may be restored to a place where everyone knows Jesus’ name!
Let’s look at some of the distinguishable characteristics highlighted by Acts 2.  Take another look at verse 42:

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 

Cheers was a place where everybody knew your name…
The early church was a place where ___  …

 

…They continued in the Apostles’ Doctrine

The word “Doctrine” sounds like a bunch of stuffy rules.  But this isn’t was is being implied here.  The Greek word “Doctrine” is probably better understood as “teaching”.

Here’s another definition of a familiar word… A “disciple” is a follower of Jesus,  but an “apostle” is someone who actually saw Jesus resurrected following his death on the cross. 

These disciples- the people who came out to the church-  followed their teachings. Early on it was the oral tradition and then as time went on included the writings of the Apostles which we have in our New Testament.
John Wesley said,

I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship and the whole world for my mission field.”

In other words, don’t cherry pick anything in the Teachings (i.e., Bible).  Remain steadfast to the teaching- ALL of the teaching.  Don’t pick and choose from other religions.  Don’t bring God down to our level and force Him to fit into our preconceptions.  Instead, pull us up to God’s level and discipline ourselves to obey.  Otherwise we’re going to create a god in our image and worship that instead of the true God.

Jesus says go into ALL the world.  Frequently, the cast would go out on “road trips” and things would turn into a mess.  But God created His church to go out into the world and make a difference.  He makes it all work out and creates order out of what could have been chaos.

Remember, that this stuff was all new to the early converts to Christianity;  they didn’t understand anything about Jesus or the Christian faith. Acts 2:8 tells us that the converts were ‘Parthians and Medes and Elamites,’ and Jews gathered from every corner of the Roman world. They had come up to Jerusalem, and the bulk of them knew no more about Christ and Christianity than what they picked up out of Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost which we have in Acts 2:13-40. But that was enough to change their hearts and their wills and to lead them to a real faith.

This is why would instruct a young preacher named Timothy when some conflict arose in Timothy’s church;

Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved.

Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds

(2 Timothy 3:14-17 – CEV)

These early disciples would also have realized that the Old Testament taught the same things they were now hearing from these Apostles…

97 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.

7  The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

17 I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.

 

Here’s the Greek Word of the Week…

And “continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s teaching” isn’t a one and done.  You don’t listen to one sermon, attend one Bible study, or even read the entire Bible through cover to cover and say, “Check it off!”  The original Greek words here are in the active, not passive, tense. This means that the learning was continuous. The early Christians never thought “they knew it all,” they kept learning and wanting to learn more about this Jesus and how he can impact their daily life.

So how does that work in our church today?  How do WE “continue in the Apostle’s teachings?”  Much of the activities of our church are geared toward this continual learning:

 

…They Practiced Fellowship

The first century church had a perspective which was more more intensive than our Pot Luck dinners.  During the early days of the church, all our early spiritual ancestors had was each other. Under many of the Roman Emperor’s, Nero and Domitian especially, there was severe persecution. Remember that from the time Jesus died, rose, and ascended to heaven, until 315AD, it was against the law to be a Christian.
So Luke uses the word “fellowship” in our text in  a much broader sense than we’re used to.  In the original Greek, “fellowship” means “joint participation” or “sharing something in common.” So, what is (or- WHO is it…)  it that we have in common???

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The word that Luke writes is koinoonia.  It’s more of a partnership than a simple get-together for pizza.  It means being completely focuses on Jesus Christ.  This word koinoonia is used many times in the New Testament (New Living Testament shown below)…

Philippians 2:1-2

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?  Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Sharing the Holy Spirit

Philippians 3:10-11

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death,  so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

1 Peter 4:12-13

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.  Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners* with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. * (The word translated as “partners” is a form of the word koinoonia)

Sharing the Lord’s suffering

Galatians 2:9

In fact, James, Peter, and John, who were known as pillars of the church, recognized the gift God had given me, and they accepted Barnabas and me as their co-workers. They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews.

Sharing in ministry

The early church shared in the Holy Spirit, which was sent by Jesus.  They shared in the Lord’s suffering.  They shared in the Lord’s ministry.  Fellowship…  Sharing…

Here are some other things the Bible says about fellowship…

2 Cor 6:14-16

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?  What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?

The Christian should not only seek to actively partner with fellow-believers, but we should also guard against partnering with those outside the faith. Thus, the Christian should not be unequally partnered with unbelievers in Christian endeavors.

2 John 10-11 10

If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement.  Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

The Apostle John in 2 John v11 says that Christians should not support or welcome those who preach a false gospel.

Romans 12:13

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

The most common expression of “fellowship” in the New Testament is that of sharing financial resources – giving.  In Romans 12:13 is about helping anyone in the fellowship…

Galatians 6:6

Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.

…while this verse is directed specifically towards providing for the financial needs of teachers and pastors.

Philippians 4:15

As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.

Acts 2:44-45

Acts 2:44-45 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.  They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.

One can “fellowship” with fellow believers in a number of ways, including the partaking of meals and engaging in prayer. If Acts 2:44-45 is Luke’s further description of what fellowship looked like in the newly-born church in Jerusalem, then his emphasis would fall on the fellowship of sharing one’s material goods with others; “All who believed were together and held everything in common, and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need” (Acts 2:44-45).

 

If we take Jesus out of the Church, everything falls apart.  He is the glue that holds it all together.

In the early church the focus was totally on Jesus.  He didn’t leave any wiggle room.  The church isn’t supposed to be a social club where we share our common interest around stamp collecting.  The characters in Cheers were drawn together to share each others company (and to drink).  For us, we must draw together to share the things of Christ.  We’re here because of Jesus.

 

…They Prayed Together

They got together for some good ‘ole fashioned “Prayer Meetin’s”.  They took their prayer lists home from church on Sunday and poured over them throughout the week.  They prayed for leaders; not only in the church but in the community.

Do we constantly look at the things that divide us? How can honest fervent prayer bring us together and help us to focus on things that unify???

These early Christians knew that they could not face the challenges of life or in organizing the Church in their own strength. They would have understood Old Testament passages such as…

The prophet Zecheriah was shown visions of things to come.  Sin will be removed in a single day (3:9).  The angel told him how this would happen,

Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the LORD.”

When God’s people were facing a powerful enemy, King Hezekiah said,

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”  And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.” 

The psalmist says with confidence:

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.

 

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, said:

“God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”

Nothing happens apart from prayer.  Someone else has said,

“PRAYER is the difference between the best YOU can do
and the best GOD can do.”

Prayer isn’t a rabbit’s foot, but we’ve GOT to become a praying church again.  We must unite with other churches to pray together so that The Church can become a force in this world.

 

…They Broke Bread Together

The practice of “Breaking Bread” (sharing meals) was an important foundation. For ancient Hebrews breaking bread was associated with the Passover.  In fact, every meal was a cause for prayer and thanksgiving to God.  Even today, we take advantage of this opportunity and “say grace”… thanks… before every meal.

“Breaking of Bread” is used to refer to a “normal meal.”  But throughout the New Testament, people also understood that this phrase refers to The Lord’s Supper (or Holy Communion).    In fact, the early Church held a fellowship meal with the Lord’s Supper.

In the first century, Roman persecution prevented Christians from working and earning a living.  So, they HAD to share what they had (including food) in order to survive.  And even today, the human need to eat gives us opportunities to thank God and to share with eachother.  In God’s place where “everybody knows your name and breaks bread together,” we constantly take advantage of opportunities to have coffee & donuts in the narthex between services, or to have a meal on Tuesday nights before Bible study, or to have pizza before a youth meeting.

Fellowship around the breaking of bread was an important part of the early Christian life.  It wasn’t just food; it was an opportunity to gather and share in the things they had in common…. Jesus.  But this opportunity could also be mis-used to propagate false teaching or to just “pig out” without recognizing the spiritual meaning of what was happening…

1 Corinthians 11:20-25, 33

When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper. For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly will not praise you for this!

23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.

33 So, my dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other. If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won’t bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together. I’ll give you instructions about the other matters after I arrive.

2 Peter 2:12-13

12 These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed.  Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals.

Jude 12-13

When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots.

 

 

 

…They Held God in Reverence

Verses 43 and 47 of our scripture (Acts 2) reminds us that God was at work; we’re standing on holy ground…

43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

47 … praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

 

There was an awe, a wonder, a sense of praising God for all of the wonderful things which were taking place.  When we come to worship, we come for one reason: to Lift God Up!

  • Paul talks about having reverence for God in Ephesians 5:21 with respect to “submitting ourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
  • The “writer to the Hebrews” (probably Paul too!) tells us to “offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28c-29) because even Jesus “offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence” for God (Hebrews 5:7) in the Garden of Gethsemane.

God doesn’t wink at sin.  He’s not just a celestial store clerk.  He’s not my “buddy.” Believers should have a fear or reverence for God.  We do this because He is so holy.  He’s totally powerful.  He’s above His creation.

The early church got it.

We stand in awe of Him because of all that He has done to redeem us. This redemptive love should make us stand in wonder and amazement that He would die for us while were still His enemies as Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

As we worship God at church and hopefully at home each day with devotions, is that reverence for Him firmly in place?

 

 


Oops… when preaching a sermon- as much as you’d like- you can’t ignore that clock that’s hanging Watch_ clock-597458_640xon the back wall.  So (as an exclusive for our “online fans”)… here are some more things the early church did.  The text under the below “drop down box” was not included in the spoken sermon…

Warning:  Just because this material was not included in the spoken sermon, don’t assume that it won’t be included in the Quiz!

Bonus Material

 

An Inviting Church

Verses 46-47 of Acts 2 tell us…

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

The early church as growing by adding members welcoming anyone who wanted to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  For this to happen then (and for it to happen now!), people need to be made to feel welcome; people want to be welcomed.  People want a place “where everybody knows your name”… There was a story in Good News Magazine which cites the difference between a contemporary United Methodist Church and a Latter Day Saints Church.

A young man said that he visited the Latter Day Saints church and “was made to feel so welcome.” He said, “Someone approached him immediately with a welcoming smile. That person sat with the visitor and helped him through the service explaining what was going on. The next week several lay people from the church stopped by his house to tell him how glad they were that he had visited the church.

CONTRAST this with another young man’s story about visiting a UMC. He entered the building and was immediately told that he had entered through the wrong door. “No one uses that door,” said one church member. The visitor was actually made to leave the building and enter through the correct entrance!  In which church would you rather worship?
We all live pressure packed lives. We all have our own share of concerns. Have you ever tried to share a concern with someone at work or school…, you know, you just need someone to talk to. So you start to tell them some problems in your life and they say, “Yea, yea, we all have problems.” OR “You think you’ve got problems, let me tell you what happened to me”!

You shouldn’t get that in the church! The Christian Church is a place where we can realize that we all share the same kind of problems, but here there will not only be a shoulder to lean on, but someone ready to offer prayer.  One of the things we saw on that TV sitcom was that after a stressful day the characters went to Cheers because they knew people would be their to support them; there would be a sympathetic ear; there would be hugs of encouragement.  So it should be for the Christian Church.

 

A Sharing Church

Returning to this morning’s passage in Acts 2…

44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,

45 …and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

They had an intense feeling of responsibility for each other. They wanted to share in each other’s sorrow’s and joys. They wanted to know that the people with who they bear the name Christian, could count on them.

  • They practiced what Romans 12:15 suggests, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (KJV).
  • They considered it not only their responsibility but their privilege to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).

I’ve been told that the Amish people are very communal people. If someone needs a garage built, everyone gets together on a certain day and builds the garage.

 

A Worshiping Church

Acts 2:46-47 says…

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

They “continued daily in one accord in the Temple”… “Praising God.”  Do we look forward to going to church every Sunday?  These early Christians did!  They looked forward to getting together to worship God. The Spirit of God moves when people gather for worship. There IS something exhilarating about singing the great hymns of the church; it is encouraging to be ministered to by happy children; it is a joy to be able to give our best financially knowing that those offerings are making a difference in the world; it is good to go to a place where people actually know our name.

Do we  go to church because we have to?  Is it just habit?  Is it obligation?

Or, as followers of Jesus Christ. do we go to church because we want to??? 

 

A Joyous Church

Verse 46 of Acts 2 tells us…

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

Gladness?!?  They went to the temple every day (not just Sunday!) with Gladness!  The early church was joyous, it was upbeat, it was positive. None of us want to go to anywhere where we come our more depressed than when we walked in. God’s message to the world is positive.

  • I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20);
  • I will never leave you or desert you” (Hebrews 13:5);
  • God is working all things together for good” (Romans 8:28).
  • “...in the presence of God is the fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).
  • Even in his sermon on Pentecost, the Apostle Peter says in Acts 2:28, “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.

The early Church gathered to worship as they remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. BUT they did not stay confined to the past. They took the joy of remembering, set their sights on the future, while doing all they could in the present to make that future become a reality. BUT, they were happy as they did.

Maybe they were even “Cheersful”!!!


 

He’s My Brother

That theme song to Cheers is probably pulsing through your mind as you consider this sermon.  But here’s another song to consider as we wrap this up:

The road is long… with many a winding turn,

That leads us to  “Who knows where?”

But I’m strong… strong enough to carry him.

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother… So on we go.

His welfare is my concern…. No burden is he to bear, we’ll get there.

For I know…  He would not encumber me.

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.

If I’m laden…  at all,  I’m laden with sadness,

That everyone’s heart Isn’t filled with the gladness…  Of love for one another.

It’s a long, long road… From which there is no return.

While we’re on the way… to there, why not share?

And the load… Doesn’t weigh me down at all

He ain’t heavy… he’s my brother

This hit (“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”) was recorded by the Hollies (and also by Neil Diamond) in 1970.

Is your heart feeling heavy for the world?  Is your heart breaking for a culture that just keeps feeding us one lie after another?  Jesus carried a cross for us.  He hung on a cross for us.  And yet, He cried out, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!”  Our burden wasn’t too heavy for Jesus to pick up.

We may not be meant to carry an actual cross, but we are called to share eachother’s burdens…

Galatians 6:1-2

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.  Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.  

Romans 15:1-2

We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.  We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.

Jude 22-23

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.  Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.

Romans 14:1

Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. 

Ezekiel 34:16a

I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak….

Isaiah 35:3-4

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts,

“Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”

Job 4:3-4

“In the past you have encouraged many people;  you have strengthened those who were weak. 4 Your words have supported those who were falling;  you encouraged those with shaky knees.

 

Make the Church like Cheers?!?

The Christian Church needs to become a place of intimacy…a place like Cheers.

Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin, while certainly not theological giants, nevertheless understand something that the Christian Church needs.  The Church needs to be an inviting place, a welcoming place, a place where all can feel at home. A place where everybody knows your name.

Why?

BECAUSE we have been called by the One who loved us!  He died for us and rose again for us.  Thank God that Jesus didn’t say “I don’t have time.”  Thank God that He DID say, “He ain’t heavy… he’s my brother!”  “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!”

Jesus taught us His name, He has called us by our name to God, and He invites all of us to learn the names of others He is calling as well.

In his hymn, “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” Charles Wesley wrote:

Jesus the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease. ‘Tis music in the sinners ear, ’tis life and health and peace

All that the Christian Church stands for, all that we do with “random acts of mercy,” all that we do in response to needs locally and around the world, we do in the name of Jesus Christ! 

 

That sums up the what Jesus meant for the Christian Church. A place where everybody knows your name… a place where your burdens can be met… a place where Jesus calls each of us by name.

Let’s allow God to use us.  Let’s become part of a place like that!

 


Quiz Time!

As you reflect on what you’ve just heard/read, give this quiz a try.  If you don’t understand an answer (or if you disagree with the “correct” answer, post a comment)…

 

Unless otherwise noted, Bible quotations in this post are from the New King James Version (NKJV) or from the New Living Translation (NLT).

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  1. Jane Pape

    I am behind as I went away last week; but “Thank you” to those who put this on here for folks like me.
    Who would of ever thought to use “Cheers” in connection with Jesus–pas Jim you amaze me.
    And this week not being able to go to Potters hand you also gave us extra work—-and that was good; as I grabed my Bible to read some of the passage.
    Thank you so much.

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