#3: "Witnessing in the Power of Togetherness" (Acts 2:42-47)

Sermon Date: 
May 28 2017
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"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All believers were together and had everything in common...and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." - Acts 2:42-44, 47b

What made this early church so spiritually vibrant? How were they able to bring spiritual transformation into its own surrounding community (i.e., the Lord added daily those who were being saved)?

In the resource, "Autopsy of a Deceased Church," Tom Rainer reveals how dying churches found themselves under the GREAT OMISSION of convenience & comfort rather than upholding the GREAT COMMISSION as commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:42 - 47 teaches us the characteristics these spiritually filled early church believers had allowing the Lord to add upon them daily those being saved!

- They strongly desired, and thus committed themselves to learn all that Jesus stood for and taught. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching.

- They strongly desired, and thus, committed themselves to prayer knowing such means provided access to God's very presence and power. D.L. Moody once said, "Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure."

- They strongly desired, and thus, committed themselves, to one another. They took every opportunity to share life together. These early believers were mutually committed to one another in this deep sincere love because of their common united love in their risen Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:3-4: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others..."

Hebrews 10:25: "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Friends, we belong together because we share Christ together!

May our devotion / commitment to Christ and to one another in the fellowship of Christ be a means of witnessing to our community that transforms our community! May Christ add amongst us those being saved!

Pastor Trevor