Acts 2: 42-47
Are you connected?
The importance of being connected.
Show pictures of fire hose
When any of
these items are not connected, they become useless.
connection is something that brings two things together
Hold things together
Transfers power from one thing to another
would happen if the connection was broken.
connected to many things:
To the internet get
To our heritage To our
To all kinds of electrical appliances
connected to the right things?
technology and intelligence hasn’t produced a connected society. After thousands of years, western civilization has advanced
to where we bolt our doors and windows at night while jungle natives sleep in
As the church
began in the book of Acts, we find a passage that describes this early church
and in it we discover that the people were connected to three things:
God, each other, and to the community.
worship – connected to God
common interest in each others welfare
all the people kept adding to their family
Connected to God John
Nicodemas was a
religious man; honorable member of the council
but somehow he didn’t feel connected to God. Something missing in my life – you have it – I don’t.
How do I get
connected to God? Be born again.
How? Just like you had a
physical birth that brought you into the world; you need a spiritual birth that
brings you into my world – my kingdom – the kingdom of God.
NT, we find this question asked in many different ways but the essence of the
question is this: how do I get
connected to God.
The answer is
through Jesus who is our high priest – our intercessor – the one who goes to
God on our behalf and forgives our transgressions and makes peace with God for
stay connected to God through spiritual disciplines
are you there?
dialogue around issues of faith
Some of those
disciplines will be stronger than others.
Heb. 4: 16
tells us God wants us to stay in communication with Him: “let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.”
connected to each other Acts
one of the
things that I always enjoyed about being on a sports team is the connectedness
that you felt. We were in it
together . . . and if you weren’t you were not going to win.
Helped each other, laughed with each other, challenged each other, held
each other accountable.
practical jokes Dr. Reardon
No one is an
island – we all need some one -
you to each other
Revolve around your stage in life
When you are a
teenager, normally your best friends are those who are teenagers – they can
identify with your issues, problems, and your interests;
small children – you look for others who have small children – when you are
retired – you identify most closely with those in your stage of life – it is
a natural commonality because your life issues are similar.
As you become an adult, surveys tell us your best friends are usually 10
years either side of your age.
Revolve around hobbies/interests
Most of you
have some kind of hobby that you enjoy – boating, fishing, golf, knitting,
woodworking, collecting various things, photography, shopping, watching tv,
traveling – the possibilities are endless.
When you find someone who shares your same interest, there is the
possibility of a connection.
You have a favorite sports team, or you enjoy the symphony – it gives
you some common ground with which to connect.
Obviously the more hobbies or interests that you have the greater your
chances of connecting with other people.
One of the things we do in welcome class – what do you like to do?
Revolve around your faith
Most of the
closest friends that I have and feel connected to share my value system of faith
in Christ. Does not mean all your friends should be Christians. Even
if they are not in my age category or we don’t share common hobbies or
interests, our faith draws us together. That
is why people can walk in the door for the first time and feel comfortable –
there are some people here like me. Different
race, age, background but they love the Lord just like me.
decisions we make in life; we try to make sure the person we are connected to
shares our value system.
One of the
things we need to do better as a congregation is to help you connect to one
another – Molli’s responsibilities is assimilation. We can’t force it; we
can only give opportunities – some won’t work.
Wednesday night classes
Chance for you
to be connected to someone who shares your faith and value system
If we are going
to do something with our life, we need to be connected to God, to each other and
to our community.
connected to your community Acts
you to your community what
motivates you to serve the community?
We must be
careful that we don’t spend all of time in being fed and none of our time in
giving out to others. It is
important that we develop friendships around our common faith; that we develop a
regular system of worshipping together; that we find a person that we can share
candidly and honestly with about our life issues.
But we cannot
isolate ourselves from the world.
1 says go; Matt. 28 says go – we
have the greatest grassroots system in the world – tomorrow we will be in
schools, neighborhoods, factories, offices, arenas, fitness centers, Y’s,
little league fields, grocery stores and many other places of gatherings.
There will be people there; many of them will be hurting; some will be
desperate; all need a connection to God. Through
our lifestyle we can show forth the beauty of Jesus or show forth the
selfishness of mankind.
We need to be
intentional about something – not about everything but about something.
It can be one of dozens of things in which we can impact our community.
Our Jerusalem is the area around Bayside – Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, East
Lake, west Hillsborough – that’s our immediate mission field. We need to discover what kind of needs are here and how
we can meet those needs.
if Bayside were to close its doors and the community never noticed.
It would be a shame if people said:
I don’t know who they are because they always stay to themselves. We
can’t do everything but we can do something.
We are not all passionate about the same thing.
If you are not passionate about your ministry; it will be easy to give up
and quit when the trials come.
The secret of
connecting with your area of service
whether it is inside or outside the church is to discover your passion.
We have people in our elementary program that have taught children for
over 20 years - passionate about it
love it willing to go
the extra mile put up with
the problems and be faithful in their attendance
Why? Passionate about their
Each year our band does concerts in our community – why?
At Christmas we have a program called sounds of the season – most of
you come but really it’s not for just you – it’s an opportunity to invite
the community to meet us and for us to welcome them to this place. Why
Shawn and his team are passionate about music.
Eggstravaganza – VBS Carol,
Jeanne and our children’s staff are passionate about reaching children.
More than half of those in attendance will not be from Bayside.
visit the jails make wooden
toys for children with cancer
homeless in the county
Widows in our
The good news
of Jesus is too great to keep to ourselves.
we earn the right to share the good news by our service to our community.
We show that we are concerned about
them as individuals, as families and people who have needs. Many will never come
to Bayside – we must maintain a kingdom mentality – we are not an exclusive
Northwest HS in
McDermott Ohio Jake Porter
disorder chormosonal fragile –x
mentally challenged physically
he was fine loved football - went out for the team – showed such heart, the coach
couldn’t cut him. – came to every practice – dressed for every game –
never played last game of senior
season, his coach Dave Frantz went to the opposing coach and explained the
situation – they agreed that if the game was out of hand, Jake could go in for
one play – didn’t want him to get hurt – practiced take a handoff and fall
down to one knee.
Few seconds to
go in the game – 42-0 northwest losing – Dave called time out. Opposing
coach sprinted across the field -
must have changed his mind put
Jake in and we’ll let him score. What
happened next is an Ohio football legend
Jake was confused - he was
suppose to fall down. No no run the
opposing players even the referees said run Jake
so he ran for 49 yards
he ran scored
with joy – grown men cried – players hugged him.
Many years from now, no one will remember the score of that game – but
everyone including Jake will remember the moment he scored a touchdown.
victories are greater than individual achievements. 20 years from now, few people will remember individuals but
they will never forget what Bayside has done for our community.
I need you to help me – connect to God
each other to our community.
Which of these
three are you not connected? Its
time to start.