THE CHURCH ACTS | CHARACTER OF THE CHURCH | GENEROSITY ACTS 2 | LINK TO TEACHING PDF | LINK TO TEACHING VIDEO
THOUGHT | Have you ever wondered about your ancestry? This past year I found out some really interesting info about the Reams side of my family. Legacy of faith.
THOUGHT | The church was created to spread the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a family tree…the DNA of the church.
THE CHURCH ACTS | CHAPTER 2 TEXT
ACTS 2:42-47 NLT
The Believers Form a Community
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
It was learning Church
It was a Church of fellowship
It was a praying Church
it was a reverent Church
It was a Church where things happened
It was a sharing Church
It was a Worshipping Church
It was a Generous church
THOUGHT | | What does the Bible say about each of the characteristics of the Early Church?
Characteristics | Early Church
Acts 2:42-47 In this passage we have a kind of lightning summary of the characteristics of the early Church.
It was a learning Church | “It persisted in listening to the apostles as they taught. One of the great perils of the Church is to look back instead of forward. Because the riches of Christ are inexhaustible we should ever be going forward. We should count It a wasted day when we do not learn something new and when we have not penetrated more deeply into the wisdom and the grace of God.”
It was a Church of fellowship | “It had what someone has called the great quality of togetherness. Nelson explained one of his victories by saying, “I had the happiness to command a band of brothers.” The Church is a real Church only when it is a band of brothers.”
It was a praying Church | “These early Christians knew that they could not meet life in their own strength and that they did not need to. They always went in to God before they went out to the world; they were able to meet the problems of life because they had first met him.”
It was a reverent Church | “In Acts 2:43 the word which the King James Version correctly translates fear has the idea of awe in it. It was said of a great Greek that he moved through this world as if it were a temple. The Christian lives in reverence because he knows that the whole earth is the temple of the living God.”
It was a Church where things happened | “Signs and wonders were there (Acts 2:43). If we expect great things from God and attempt great things for God things happen. More things would happen if we believed that God and we together could make them happen.”
It was a sharing Church | (Acts 2:44-45); “These early Christians had an intense feeling of responsibility for each other. It was said of William Morris that he never saw a drunken man but he had a feeling of personal responsibility for him. A real Christian cannot bear to have too much when others have too little.”
It was a worshipping Church | (Acts 2:46); “They never forgot to visit God’s house. We must remember that “God knows nothing of solitary religion.” Things can happen when we come together. God’s Spirit moves upon his worshipping people.”
It was a happy Church | (Acts 2:46); “Gladness was there. A gloomy Christian is a contradiction in terms.”
It was a Generous Church | “Acts 4:32-35 adds significantly to our understanding of the generosity of the early church. The mention of a multitude of believers in verse 32 shows the rapid expansion of the church. Yet despite their rapid growth they were of “one heart and soul.” “Not even one” of them dared claim that their possessions were their own. Whose possessions were they? Their willingness to share was based on a commonly held conviction that property and possessions belonged to God and were “theirs” only in terms of stewardship. Thus they were always at the disposal of the Lord, the rightful owner.”
-Barclay’s Daily Study Bible (NT)
THOUGHT | What are some ways that we as the church can live the way we were created to live? What would you like to see Compass Community Church do in the very near future?
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