Summary: A sermon that looks into a Biblical model of what a church should look like.
Introduction: Would you rather be a goose or an eagle?
Background: Church directly after Pentecost @ about 120
Purpose Statement: If we are to be a Biblical church then we must…
I. Be Devoted (v. 42)
A. To the Word
1. Apostle’s teaching was foundation of the NT
2. Note the adverb continually
3. Not just hearing, but doing – Career Student*
B. To the Fellowship
1. We must not overlook this aspect of the church – Moody Illustration*
2. People are lonely – Arthritis illustration*
3. Both inward and outward
C. To the communion
1. We need to take back the word communion
2. Early church practiced communion every day/church isn’t just for Sunday’s anymore
D. To Prayer
1. Why show up at business meeting… not prayer meeting/ prayer is the fuel of the Xian
2. They were depending upon God, not themselves
II. Be in Awe (v. 43)
A. Where is the awe for God?
1. Sports events, stars, royalty… What about God? (Genuine worship)
B. Where are the signs and wonders?
1. Grudem Definition*
2. Have the gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased?
C. When was the last time you trusted God for the impossible?
1. Negative member illustration*
2. The Road of Life Illustration*
III. Be United (vs. 44-46)
A. Principle of sharing
1. What does it mean to hold all things in common?
2. Dr. Polhill missionary refrigerator illustration
3. They were losing their selfishness
B. Becoming a family
1. meeting together
2. Henri Nouwen quote*
C. Their hearts were sincere
1. There was a genuine desire for the kingdom of God on earth
2. Parasites versus leukocytes
IV. Be Ready (v. 47)
A. Be ready for God to bless you & His church
1. Army psychology experiment*
2. Do you consider lost people coming to Christ to be a blessing?
B. Be ready to reach lost people for Jesus
1. Everywhere the early church went they preached Christ
2. If your church is not experiencing Acts kind of growth you need to ask why
C. Be ready to grow - evangelism
1. Acts 2:41*
Conclusion: If we are to be… work together, devoted to His teaching, ready for Him to accomplish…
Geese vs. Eagles
Flying v formation
Honking for encouragement
Flying by God given compass
I read about a man in New York City who died at the age of 63 without ever having had a job. He spent his entire adult life in college. During those years he acquired so many academic degrees that they “looked like the alphabet” behind his name.
Why did this man spend his entire life in college? When he was a child, a wealthy relative died who had named him as a beneficiary in his will. It stated that he was to be given enough money to support him every year as long as he stayed in school. And it was to be discontinued when he had completed his education.
The man met the terms of the will, but by remaining in school indefinitely he turned a technicality into a steady income for life—something his benefactor never intended. Unfortunately, he spent thousands of hours listening to professors and reading books but never “doing.” He acquired more and more knowledge but didn’t put it into practice.