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engage

TURN TO ACTS 2:41

I have for some time had this interest in the Early church

Rent the pew

Sunday School the study of Acts

TENSION

I have to admit that my church does not always look like this church. As a member, I try to follow this example as closely as possible in my life.
This is a 24/7 faith.

READ THE TEXT

41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
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, 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.

Explain THE TEXT

41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls

So those who believed, responded and were baptized. There were severe consequences for this group Response is required ( )
Hard question - Is that it?

42 they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching

They were concerned about the teaching
They knew in order to grow and continue in the faith, they need to be taught.

and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread

See 44-46 to explan.
Meeting, sharing to those who were in need,
breaking of the bread - covered dish and Lord's supper
The covered dish was a huge part of the Early church

and the Prayers

If Scripture mentions it alot , it must be because it is important and we need it.

43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.

Draw attention to the message

4And 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, 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.

Giving Church Immense generosity

APPLICATION & ACTION

TEACHING

Leads to growth
Keeps you from the stupid idea
16 Fix your attention on yourself and on your teaching. Continue in them, for by* doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Common Life

SINGLES GROUP IN MARBLE FALLS
Invite & Bring
FELLOWSHIP
a secret about church, 10:45 the service starts for you
Take care of the needs of the body
? Can we really say this in the brief time before and after the service?
ACTION WORK THE CROWD
People were attracted to the church like this

Prayer

If Scripture mentions it alot , it must be because it is important and we need it.
This year, we really need to pray beyond the sick
Loss youth
Families who have left the faith
pray for each other, do not wait fora request.
Set aside a time to pray
Prayer list
ACTION PRAYER DAILY

Giving

A Person Did not know how Church is funded
They were a generous church
they used God's gifts to do ministry
They placed on the top of their priorities
You fund it
You cannot fake wardship
Part of your service to God is how you use your money
For some of us , our only minis
ACTION EXAMINE Percentage giving

Notes not used in the message

Why Benfits

In spite of the Persecution
In spite of the family rejection
counter culture
V47
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.
I want to be part of that.
I want to die to be a part of that.
I want to leave everthing behind to be a part of that.
Philippians 3:8
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
Paul a man who use to persecute the Church, understood this.
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