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Introduction
What Makes a Church Great?
Use example of Calvary Church in Charlotte
A church with beautiful facilities?
A church with large attendance?
A church with dynamic and well-known preachers?
A church with a large budget?
A church with awesome programs?
Are we a great church?
How do we know?
Are we a great church if we have a full staff?
Full-time pastor, youth pastor, worship pastor, secretary
Are we a great church if we have a day care?
Are we a great church if we have a food pantry and clothing closet?
Are we a great church if we finance 100 missionaries around the world?
We see some pretty great churches here in the local area, around the country, and around the world.
(parables – if you want to be great, become the least.)
(Why do we meet here?
And what are we really working toward?)
The early church we see in Acts was known as a great church:
Didn’t have Security in possessions or abilities
Didn’t have Popularity in their world
Didn’t have an impressive Facility
Didn’t have a rock-star Personality – unschooled and common
What made the early church great?
A great church is great from the inside out –
Picture of a Great Church
Picture of a Great Church
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Picture of visible ministry and impact, also inner character among the members
Committed to Unity
One of the first challenges to the early church – feeding widows.
One of the first challenges to the early church – feeding widows.
Absence of conflict?
Unity in disagreement?
No, in commitment to resolving the disagreement.
Committed to Integrity
Chose seven men
v.3 known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.
v.3 known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.
Great churches are filled with great people
What makes people great?
(next week)
Committed to Priorities
v.4 Word and Prayer
v.4 Word and Prayer
Apostles committed to serving the people in their areas of gifting and responsibility.
The priority of Prayer and the Word is the internal commitment to greatness that empowers us for effective external ministry.
before there is visible impact there must be internal health.
Not just the pastor, but all leaders, and down to the members.
A great church is great from the inside out!
Committed to Impact
v.7 Word of God continued to increase, exalted, prioritized in life and practice – increasingly preached and taught
v.7 Word of God continued to spread or increase, exalted, prioritized in life and practice – increasingly preached and taught
*number of disciples multiplied – not number growth for the sake of size, but in extent of impact – more men and women becoming fully devoted followers of Christ
great number of priests became obedient to faith – miraculous heart transformation
A great church impacts the world around them for the Kingdom
Jesus, before He ascended back to Heaven, charged the disciples (Also go make disciples )
Jesus, before He ascended back to Heaven, charged the disciples (Also go make disciples )
A gathering of Jews
A gathering of Jews
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(cut out 2-3)
And then persecution and scattering (we are always told to go, and we frequently wait to go until we’re forced)
And then persecution and scattering (we are always told to go, and we frequently wait to go until we’re forced)
Impact was by spreading the Gospel across the world, not by assimilating more and more people into the local gathering.
(is it our call/responsibility to build a big church?)
Contrast between Growth and Impact
Growth Impact
Numbers Transformation
One place Kingdom of God
Says “come here” Says “go there”
Hoards Invests
Transfers (Impresses) Transforms
Short Term Long Term
Glorifies person or ministry Glorifies Jesus Christ
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When an unhealthy church grows, it eventually implodes.
When a healthy church grows
it always produces major Impact in the world.
Pathway to Impact for the Church
Embraced the Gospel
The message was always the same where ever they preached – the powerful, life-changing message of Jesus Christ
The message was always the same where ever they preached – the powerful, life-changing message of Christ
From God, not man.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Preaching what they had experienced personally
Produced supernatural change when received by faith
Empowered by the Spirit – Pentecost
Equipped specifically with the right people
Equipped specifically with the right people
Peter, Barnabas, Stephen, Paul, Aquila & Priscilla
Expected Spirit-led Change for the sake of the Gospel
– Peter’s vision and taking the Gospel to the Gentiles through Cornelius
Experienced significant Persecution from the world
= persecuted and scattered
Power of a Great Church
Final step of pathway is also the greatest step
Engaged in transforming Prayer
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Continually united in prayer
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