Summary: The church is in for some BIG Days when there’s a CONVERTED MEMBERSHIP, and when CONSTANT MINISTRY and CONTINUAL MULTIPLICATION are taking place. Link included to formatted text, audio & video, and PowerPoint Presentation.
Our church has had many ‘big days’ over the years. Special promotions and theme days are a fun way to boost enthusiasm and attendance. We’ve had ‘baby day’, ‘old fashioned day’, ‘pack a pew Sunday’, and ‘Friend Day.’ And lately I’ve been trying to work on themes for our big month of August challenge. But you know, I don’t believe that’s what God wants us to do this time…because we are having big days right now! Usually churches encounter the summer slump, but this summer we’ve had people getting saved and joining the church almost every week, and more planned today! We’ve had revival meetings, but I’ll tell you what’s better is to have real revival, and I believe we’re in the midst of it right now!
This is a big day, but not like v. 41…that was a huge day [3,000 saved!]. We’re praying and watching for that day in the near future, but in the meanwhile, and afterward, to have days like v. 47 [the Lord adding to the church daily] is just fine!
Dynamics of a Great Church:
• A Converted Membership
v. 41/47 The LORD did it, it was genuine!
The lost are welcome, invited, even honored here, and…they’ll be instructed in their greatest need: how to be born again!
If you need to be saved, this is your big day…there’s no better day to be born again than today.
In v. 41 they got saved, then baptized [if Steve R. could submit to baptism, so can you!]
• Constant Ministry
Notice what happened right after they got saved:
v. 42 That rings my bell…because the test of a great church is not just how many decisions are there, but are they continuing? Do they stick? Are they growing, developing? They CONTINUED! Not only were they baptized, but they were discipled, they became faithful, and began reaching others themselves. Fruit began growing on these new trees, and growth is the proof that you have been born again and that you are alive!
Adrian Rogers: “If nothing happened to you after you walked the aisle, then nothing happened to you WHEN you walked the aisle!”
We’re seeing big days…dozens are doing discipleship, and many more are just about to begin. It’s really happening here, and I want to make the case to you this morning that God is in this, and if He is in this place, you should be too!
A healthy ministry enjoys: [avoid being anemic!]
1. Ongoing Teaching*
v. 42 doctrine [lit. “teaching”]
1 Pet 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
It’s exciting seeing people wanting to learn, desiring preaching, laying aside excuses and making it a priority, setting aside the time, driving a distance, and showing their serious by making up what they miss online!
v. 42 comes from Greek word Koinonia = to have in common
Fellowship is “2 fellows in the same ship!”
If a believer wants to be right w/ God and grow, they HAVE to be around other believers to encourage them…no coal can remain hot if it’s alone, away from other coals!
Ill.—man asked preacher: “Can you go to heaven w/out going to church?” He replied, “Sure, [man was about to congratulate him when he continued…] but why would you want to?”
I wouldn’t want to try to live the Christian life by myself! Too hard! Just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it’s probable, and it certainly wouldn’t be very enjoyable.
Joke—2 hicks in the field saw airplane over head, had never been on one…1st said, I’d hate to be way up yonder in that airplane/other said, yeah, but I’d hate to be up thar w/out it!
In scripture, believers are always pictured together as:
Sheep in a flock: if divided, they are an easy target for the roaming lion, Satan…he’s just looking for that one that says, I don’t need the flock” [that’s a baaaaad attitude!]
Soldiers in an army: cuz we’re in a war…and the safest place to be is in your unit, w/ your C/O…don’t get separated or you could be taken captive by the enemy!
We need fellowship! One thing I love about ours here is that the ground is level…cliques are a thing of the past, and by God’s grace and continuing efforts they should remain in the past…we’re open to the rich as well as the poor / educated, uneducated / cultured, uncultured / yard-saleing, good-willing and the Von Maur’s / blue-collar, white collar / you don’t have to be a big shot to come here, but if you are one, come on, you need Jesus, and you need fellowship! / you don’t have to be part of the upper crust [besides, the upper crust is just a bunch of crumbs held together by dough!]