In our first online sermon since we have not been able to meet together in person, Pastor Kent Smith shares how the early church existed in COMMUNITY.
We know these days are hard and no online service can take the place of meeting together in person. But our prayer is that you see the love of Jesus and show the love of Jesus to those around you. Lord willing, we will be back together soon.
Text: Acts 4:3-35
You cannot have COMMUNITY without UNITY
The church was called “the congregation of those who believed.”
To ‘congregate’ is to come together.
They were of “one heart and soul”
They had the same purpose.
They had the same goals.
They had the same beliefs.
They had the same concerns.
They held all things in COMMON
EVERYONE SHARED EVERYTHING
Not one of them (EVERYONE)
Claimed that anything (EVERYTHING)
Belonging to them was their own (SHARED)
ALL THINGS WERE COMMON PROPERTY TO THEM
Their testimony of the RESURRECTION
The Power of a Testimony
Telling what you have seen
Telling what you have experienced
The Power of the Resurrection
God brings the dead to life
Jesus was dead but He lives again
(God has the power to redeem ANY circumstance)
ABUNDANT GRACE for ALL
The GRACE of God was extended
Grace is the undeserved favor of God granted at His initiative
The measure of grace is ABUNDANT
God’s grace is not merely adequate
God’s grace is more than sufficient
God’s gives out ABUNDANT grace: MORE THAN ENOUGH
The target of His grace was EVERY BELIEVER
Every believer is saved by God’s great grace
The IMPACT of true COMMUNITY
No one was needy!
Those who had worldly goods shared them
Those who had more than needed sold their property
Those who sold property donated it to the church
The leaders distributed it according to need
(Why is this so rare today?)
Community requires compassion from us for others
Community requires unity in surrender to God’s purposes
Community requires detachment from personal possessions
Community requires grace to overcome our insecurities
Community requires faith to overcome our fears
Community requires love in action
Show Compassion and Concern
Pray with one another
Be positive: He has given abundant grace
YOU CANNOT HAVE COMMUNITY
WITHOUT BOTH “U” and “I”