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Change the World

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Change the World

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  1. Change the World The Acts of the Apostles “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -- Margaret Mead

  2. 3 kinds of people taught Those who were actively seeking the proper way to serve God Those who thought they were serving God, but were really in error Those who were serving something entirely different than God People are the same today.

  3. 3 kinds of responses Some outright rejected the Gospel Some were skeptical about the Gospel Some readily accepted the Gospel Responses are the same today.

  4. The growth of the Gospel in Acts How a small group changed the world….

  5. Ac. 1:15 – 120 disciples in Jerusalem

  6. Ac. 2:41 – 3000 added on day of Pentecost

  7. Ac. 4:4 – 5000 men (about 10,000 Christians)

  8. Ac. 5:14 – Multitudes added to church

  9. Ac. 5:16 – Cities around Jerusalem heard

  10. Ac. 6:7 – Continued increase – even priests

  11. Ac. 8:1,4 – Persecution causes dispersion

  12. Ac. 8:5,12 – Church established in Samaria

  13. Ac. 8:26-39 – Ethiopian converted – Africa

  14. Ac. 8:40 – Gospel carried to Caesarea

  15. Ac. 9:19 – Disciples in Damascus

  16. Ac. 9:32 – Saints found at Lydda

  17. Ac. 9:35 – Souls turned to God in Sharon

  18. Ac. 9:36-42 – Disciples found in Joppa

  19. Ac. 10 – Gospel offered to Gentile people ALL NATIONS

  20. Ac. 11:19-20 – Brethren from Cyrene

  21. Ac. 11:26 – Church grows in Antioch of Syria

  22. Ac. 13:6-12 – Believers on isle of Paphos

  23. Ac. 13:14-43 – Followers in Antioch of Pisidia

  24. Ac. 14:1 – Multitude of believers in Iconium

  25. Ac. 14:8-20 – Disciples found at Lystra

  26. Ac. 14:20-21 – Many taught at Derbe

  27. Ac. 14:23 – Elders ordained in every church ELDERS

  28. Ac. 16:12,25-34 – Converts in Philippi

  29. Ac. 16:14-15 – Lydia baptized – Thyatira

  30. Ac. 17:1-4 – Christians in Thessalonica

  31. Ac. 17:10-12 – Church founded at Berea

  32. Ac. 17:16,34 – Believers at Athens

  33. Ac. 18:1-8 – Church established at Corinth

  34. Ac. 18:18-28 – Church planted at Ephesus

  35. Ac. 19:20 – Grew mightily and prevailed THE WORD OF GOD

  36. Ac. 20:6-7 – Church meeting at Troas

  37. Ac. 21:3-4 – Disciples found in Tyre

  38. Ac. 21:7 – Brethren found in Ptolemais

  39. Ac. 28:13-14 – Brethren located at Puteoli

  40. Ac. 28:16-24 – Church planted in Rome

  41. Other churches not mentioned in book of Acts “These men who have turned the world upside down.” (Ac. 17:6)

  42. What they did not do: Establish a church headquarters Storm Rome for legislation changes Develop armies to take world by force Take on social agendas Appeal to the carnal side of man They really didn't even set out to change the world.

  43. What they did do: They simply set out to change individuals They changed them by teaching They realized they weren’t the ones doing the changing "And the hand of the Lord was with them" (Ac. 11:21)

  44. How YOU can be changed: Hear the Word (Ac. 2:22) Believe with heart (Ac. 16:31) Repent of sins (Ac. 17:30) Confess Christ before men (Ac. 8:37) Baptized in water (Ac. 22:16) Remain faithful (Ac. 2:42) Erring child of God: Repent & Pray for forgiveness (Ac. 8:22)