Sun, May 21, 2017
Why Be Part of This Christian Faith Ripple Effect?
The Ripple Effect week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 21, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Ripple Effect: Message + Messenger + Unique set or circumstances in life Why is it so important to be a part of the Ripple Effect in the Christian faith? Acts Chapter 4 - Peter and John are headed to the Temple to pray and they come upon a crippled beggar. The beggar is always seeking money as he has done for what must have been years. But Peter tells him he doesn't have money - however, he has something else to give him. He heals him by the power of Jesus. He saw the opportunity, while people were watching and observing and he saw the chance to grow the ripple effect... The uproar caused the leaders of the temple to not desire dealing with Peter and John at that moment so they threw them in prison for the night with plans to take care of them the following day. Or so they thought... Acts 4:18 They tell Peter and John it's fine if THEY believe it but to quit talking about it. Acts 4:19 But Peter and John propose who they are to follow, God or man Acts 4:20 Peter and John could NOT keep silent because they had SEEN and HEARD with their own eyes and ears the truth It wasn't about explaining everything to everyone - it was simply about sharing what they had seen and heard - thus the importance of this lesson for us today... Being a part of the ripple effect isn't about having so much knowledge that you can answer all the skeptics you will encounter - the purpose is to simply SHARE what we know - what we believe based on scripture and the history that is keeps! Acts 4:12 Acts 4:13-14 The reason we must join in on the ripple effect is because our faith is grounded in history and you don't know history unless somebody talks about it and tells you. We share this information, this story, this belief, this ripple effect because it is in our job description as followers of Christ - people desperately need to know about the forgiveness and joy that comes through relationship with Jesus!
Series:The Ripple Effect