When the Local Church looks like Jesus – People are attracted to it!
REVIEW LAST WEEK:
Jesus calls us witnesses – “seen or heard” – That is your identity
Acts – Hope for our lives – We have purpose!
Key Verse of Acts
8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Actually the outline of the progress of the gospel in Acts!)
Challenge for all of us – Gospel – deep into our hearts – take it to the world!
We do this because Jesus is alive and He is the hope of the world!
Our World View SLOW to Change – Disciples changed instantly! Resurrected Jesus!!
What we do when we don’t know what to do, PRAY!
14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together…
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent (turn away from) and be baptized (outward symbol of an inward reality – identifying yourself with Jesus and His Church) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
What The Church Is Supposed To Be…
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
Those Who Made Up The First New Testament Church Were Devoted
Devoted: Not just sliding by; commitment
Devoted To God’s Word
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…
Authority for my life; What God thinks – I submit to its teaching!
Practical: read, listen, allow God’s Spirit to speak – study
If it’s God’s Word- If we are God’s Children – we should be experts!
Acts 17:11 “11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
Devoted To One Another – Community
44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
Self-Sufficiency: I don’t need other people
Self-Protection: I can’t trust other people
Self-Righteousness: I am better than other people
Love God’s Word, Love God’s People, Love God’s World
They Were Devoted To Their Neighbors
47 praising God and having favor with all the people.And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
WHEN MISSION CITY CHURCH IS FULFILLING ITS REDEMPTIVE POTENTIAL – OUR COMMUNITY WILL BE CHANGED!
Love God, Love People Through The Church, Love The People God Loves = Transform Lives
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