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Community: Acts 4:32-35

March 22, 2020

 

 

 

 

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.

 

SERMON NOTES:

 

COMMUNITY ESSENTIALS

          Text: Acts 4:3-35

UNITY

     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?)       

 

Building COMMUNITY

  1. Community requires compassion from us for others

  2. Community requires unity in surrender to God’s purposes

  3. Community requires detachment from personal possessions

  4. Community requires grace to overcome our insecurities

  5. Community requires faith to overcome our fears

  6. Community requires love in action

 

Practicing COMMUNITY

     Show Compassion and Concern

     Pray with one another

     Be generous

     Serve others

     Be positive: He has given abundant grace

 

      YOU CANNOT HAVE COMMUNITY
           WITHOUT BOTH “U” and “I”

 

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