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I do not want to be normal. (Preparing for 21 days of prayer and fasting.)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Jan. 7th as we prepare to enter into our “21 days of prayer and fasting.” Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

Acts 4:23-31

I do not want to be normal

LESSONS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH

SERVING, SEEKING, & PRAISING GOD

 

Introduction:

WHY ARE WE SO NORMAL?  Yet, so many people in history were not.

 

This is why we are setting aside 21 days of prayer and fasting.

 

Fasting – Setting aside food or other things for spiritual purposes.

 

We fast, so we can pray and seek after God.  We pray so that we can encounter God in such a supernatural way that something will take place that only He can get the credit for it.

 

Early this morning as I thought about my goals for the next 21 days…  I decided:

 

I DO NOT WANT TO BE NORMAL.  I WANT TO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT.  DIFFERENT FOR HIM.  I WANT GOD DO SOMETHING IN MY LIFE!  I WANT GOD TO DO SOMETHING IN THE LIFE OF MY FAMILY!

GOD DO SOMETHING IN THE LIFE OF MY CHURCH! I WANT GOD TO DO SOMETHING SO GREAT THAT ONLY HE CAN GET THE CREDIT FOR IT!  A great picture of this is found with the church of Acts.

 

Getting into the text:

 

A LIFE OF SERVING GOD

(the early church and how they were living their life)

 

 

A LIFE OF SEEKING AND PRAISING GOD

(They came together and immediately began to worship

and call on the name of the Lord in prayer)

 

Acknowledge Him

 

Trust Him

 

Petition Him

 

Serve Him

He

 

NOTICE THE RESULTS:

GOD AFFIRMED

 

 

GOD EMPOWERED

 

 

 

Conclusion:

 

The church of Acts was different, but why?

 

 

What made them different was their life.  They lived differently.

 

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