Characteristics of the New Testament Church

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, February 3, 2019 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

Acts 2:40–47 (NKJV)

Part One

  • 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.  42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

I.  Saved, Redeemed, Converted, Set Apart (Evangelism)

A.  The entry point to a blessed life and a life in and with the church is salvation. 

B.  The saved life is a path to redemption and new life with Christ.

C.  Salvation is what brings one into the church.  You are not a part of the church unless you are saved.

II.  Growing (Evangelism & Discipleship)

A.  Those who are saved should be made a part of the church.  They should be discipled, made part of the family of God, the family of faith.

B.  When we evangelize the lost and disciple them into the body, there is no way not to have church growth.

III.  Doctrinal (Discipleship)

A.  Apostles received inspiration from God to interpret the Old Testament and teachings of Christ

B.  Our Bible today is the apostles’ doctrine, and the teachings of our church are the embodiment of that doctrine.

IV.  Fellowship (Discipleship & Fellowship)

A.  Koinonia  is the New Testament concept of going together

B.  When we walk in fellowship with God and with our fellow Christians, we can accomplish more.

V.  Eating (Fellowship)

A.  As simple and uneventful as this may seem, it is a major part of how the early church got to know one another.

B.  Sharing a meal makes it possible to become more intimate, to have time to talk over a meal, to learn about one another in a way that you cannot in a casual brief conversation or in a group setting.

VI.  Praying (Fellowship & Worship)

A.  They prayed regularly at the temple, which is a New Testament version of the church services we have today.  They came together multiple times a day to pray corporately.

B. But they also prayed individually and with family.  They prayed from house to house and they prayed with and for their families.

C.  This two-pronged prayer ministry is a model of how the church should operate today.  We should meet together to pray and worship, but we should also pray daily for the presence of God. 

Takeaway Thoughts

The New Testament Church is a model for the church of today

The NT Church was evangelistic

The NT Church was discipleship-driven

The NT Church was together in koinonia

The NT Church worshipped

 

Parts Two and Three will be posted in separate blogs over the next two weeks as they are preached in service.  Check back in later!

Part Two

  • 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.  44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

Part Three

  • 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,  47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

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