Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 13, 2020
A Place to Belong
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47
Introduction: Acts 2:41-47 offers us a brief snapshot of the early church. In fact, this is the very earliest picture of what Christianity looked like in the beginning. The first and last verses of this passage tell us the church began with 3000 conversions in one day (v. 41); and verse 47 says that people were being saved daily and added to the church. The verses in between describe what happens when God breaks loose in a group of ordinary men and women. This is not religion or ritual but the reality of Christ at work in the among his people.
With this passage as the foundation, let’s look together at four marks of a great church.
1. Solid grounding in the Word of God (v. 42a)
How to get a “grip” on the Bible…
“How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord is laid for your faith in his excellent Word. What more can he say than to you he hath said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?” (John Rippon, 1787).
2. Caring relationships with other believers (v. 42b, 46) and practically ministered to others (v. 44, 45)
sold their possessions
gave to everyone who had a need
3. Vital, life-transforming worship (v. 42, 46, 47)
4. Seeing the power of God through prayer (v. 42, 43, 47)
When these things are present, these results are sure to follow…
healthy on the inside
attractive on the outside
filled with joy
presence of God everywhere