Characteristics of the New Testament Church, Part Three

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, February 17, 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)

II.  Growing (Evangelism & Discipleship)

III.  Doctrinal (Discipleship)

IV.  Fellowship (Discipleship & Fellowship)

V.  Eating (Fellowship)

VI.  Praying (Fellowship & Worship)

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.

VII.  Fear of God (Worship)

VIII.  Signs and Wonders (Worship and Submission)

IX.  Togetherness (Fellowship)

X.  Generosity and Provision (Stewardship)

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.

XI.  One Accord (Fellowship & Unity)

A.  One accord continued beyond Pentecost. 

B.  They were as together as a people can be.  They had the same mind, the same spirit (Spirit)

XII.  Corporate Worship (Worship)

A.  They were together in every way.  One very important way was worship.

B.  They did not have a consumer mentality.  They were committed to being together in worship, in the temple.

XIII.  Interaction (Fellowship)

A.  Again, the Scripture says that they ate together, from house to house.

B.  They were like family, more than just friends.  They had a connection that was more intimate than anything we may know today.  They were sumpsuchos, of the same mind.

XIV.  Gladness (Attitude)

A.  There is not much more counterintuitive than a mad or discouraged Christian.

B.  Christians living in God’s will should be the happiest people in the world.  Count it all joy when You have trials, Paul said.  This may not make sense to those without Christ, but it should make sense to those who know Him.  I realize the pressure of life can be overwhelming at times, like with Jonah in the belly of the whale, David when pursued by his enemies, and Job in the midst of his trials.  However, God gives us joy and gladness eve in the midst of our sorrow!  We should be glad in the face of pain, in the face of sickness or injury, in the face of financial difficulty.  Why?  Because we can trust our God.  We can know that the answer is on the way.  We can know that sin and evil will not always win.  We can know that God knows right where we are.  We can be glad, because we know the God we serve!

XV.  Simplicity (Worship)

A.  Declutter, prioritize, know what is truly important, and do those things.

B.  Simplicity makes room for God in the midst of our days.  Don’t get so busied that your days are too full for quiet time, repose, retreat, and renewal.

XVI.  Praise (Worship)

A.  Make God’s greatness the subject of your praise.

B.  It is okay to recognize the good things people do, but never let that praise supersede the praise of Almighty God.

XVII.  Favor (Witness)

A.  Know that the life of the New Testament church led to favor.

B.  The life of the Kannapolis Church Of God has often won favor in the community and among leaders in the community.  The day is now come when our faith must make a difference.  Our church must move into influence and difference-making.  We must stand up and be counted.  Favor is not just money or position.  Favor is also influence for the cause of Christ.

Takeaway Thoughts

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

The NT Church was united

The NT Church worshipped

The NT Church interacted

The NT Church had gladness and simplicity

The NT Church praised God.

The NT Church found favor

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