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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What Makes a Great Chruch

ACTS 4:32 -33 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

1. THIS CHURCH HAD A GREAT PURPOSE.
A. Their purpose was to obey the Saviour. "tarry"
B. Their purpose was to obtain the promise. "endured"
C. Their purpose was to offer the gospel. "witnesses"

2. THIS CHURCH HAD GREAT PRAYING.
A. Praying Unifies. (4:31) "one accord"
B. Praying Unctioizes.
C. Praying Undergirds.

3. THIS CHURCH HAD GREAT PREACHING.
A. Preaching that Exalts Christ.
B. Preaching that Edifies Christians.
C. Preaching that Exposes sin.

4. THIS CHURCH HAD GREAT POWER.
A. Power depends on a clean life.
B. Power depends on a Consistent walk.
C. Power depends on Continual asking.

5. THIS CHURCH HAD GREAT PERSECUTION.
A. Persecution that involved criticism.
B. Persecution that included prison. (4:1)
C. Persecution that increased to death. (Stephen)

6. THIS CHURCH HAD A GREAT PEOPLE.
A. People that were willing to give up their work.
B. People that were willing to give up their wealth.
C. People that were willing to give their lives.

7. THIS CHURCH HAD GREAT PRAISE.
A. Praise for the gospel.
B. Praise for God's goodness.
C. Praise for God's grace.

8. THIS CHURCH HAD GREAT PROMISES.
A. Promise of Heaven.
B. Promise of the Holy Spirit.
C. Promise of Happiness.

3 comments:

Don Porter, M.Ed said...

Looks like you have a summer full of SS lessons with this post

bwilber777 said...

That is something that the church as a whole needs to be willing to accomplish. If they do not work together, then that fomula would be impossible to obtain. I am praying for the church to realize that they need to pull together and work as a unit, not a group of individuals.

Media Man said...

Bro. Dave,

Read my Missing Amen sermon I preached mid May at Victory BBC It's similar but kind of a different diretion - I guess great minds think alike