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Summary: The church is designed to grow by God. Our obedience is the key to fast growth.

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INTRODUCTION

What made the early church grow so fast?

Let us listen from the first members of the church;

I. WE ARE FOLLOWING A SUPREME ORDER, 28-32

A. It is God’s order. It is the highest order. It is from the highest power.

“Strict Order” Versus “Supreme Order”

Note: “WE” –Apostles and all the believers

• Power that raised Jesus to life, the “ONE” you put to death (verse 30). Implication: God is powerful than men and that they may be put to death by them but God will raise them back to life.

• Power that exalted Jesus to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior to grant repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. Implication: They will be honored by God, they will be granted repentance and forgiveness of sins.

B. It is confirmed and directed by the Holy Spirit (verse 32). (Ala-Jesus’ baptism confirmation by God’s voice and by the Holy Spirit)

II. WE ARE FULFILLING GOD’S PLAN, 33-41

A. It is against God’s will to stop us (33-39).

B. It is worthy to suffer for HIS name (41).

III. WE ARE PROCLAIMING THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, 42

A. It is our every day’s commission. (Order/Charge)

B. It is our every place’s mission. (Operation)

CONCLUSION

The church is designed to grow by God. Our obedience is the key to fast growth.


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