Summary: This sermons shows us effective ways we can reach people.
7 ways to effectively reach people
By : Ng Wah Lok
V42 – And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers….
V47 – Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Habits of the early church that led to maturity:-
a) Apostles Teachings study the Bible - SCD
b) Fellowship – Maturing in Fellowship - Join a Cell Group
c) Breaking of Bread – Observe the Lord’s Supper
d) Prayer – 9 benefits of prayer – Join Prayer Meetings.
Results of these habits
a) Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles – v43
b) Needs were met – V45 ( How do we meet practical needs)
c) Souls were saved – v4
Today , we will look at the aspect of reaching people. Why did the early church excel in reaching people ? Here are 7 ways to effectively reach people.
1. Be a Healthy Disciple
If we focus on Church Health, Church Growth will come automatically. Mature believers birth spiritual children.
You cannot take a person where you have not been.
2. Select the right time.
Don’t be a bull dog and bull doze into people’s life. If person is not ready, he will never be opened the Gospel. It takes a lot prayer for a person before he can be saved.
If you force a bud to open, you will only destroy the flower.
Parable of the soil – Hard, Thorny, Rocky and Good soil. – The soil has to be ready before the seeds can grow.
How do we get a soil to be ready ?
Pray for rain to soften the soil .
Don’t call your pastor at 1 am in the morning unless it is an emergency.
3. Meet people’s needs and not their wants.
This man was lame from birth. V2. He was at the temple to ask for alms.
Acts 3:2 (quickview)  And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple.
It appears that this man was used by others to be a professional beggar. But money was not his want and not his need. His need as healing.
If a gambler has a debt of a million, giving him a million will solve in immediate problem. But it is a matter of time before he will gamble again and create another million dollar debt.
When Jesus died, he said, “It is finished”. Jesus met the need of the human race which is the forgiveness of sins. Yet when he dies, there were still so many sick and poor people in Jerusalem.
4. Point People to Jesus
V3 – In the name of Jesus Christ …
The lame person asked for money, but Peter gave him Jesus.