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132: The Church’s Ministry in Jerusalem-Part I

May 15, 2009

Text: Acts 2:47-3:26

Outline:

  1. An Organized and Unified Church          Acts 2:42-47
  2. A Miraculous Healing                                 Acts 3:1-10
  3. A Healing Message                                       Acts 3:11-26

Context/Discussion/Comments:

The Holy Spirit has come. The Church is growing. And the Church has been organized. It is focused/devoted on/to four principles. They are 1] the teaching of the Apostles, 2] fellowship with one another, 3] the breaking of bread or the Lord’s Supper, and 4] prayer. These four principles are the basis of their unity. Their unity is further expressed by selling all that they do not need, pooling their resources, and helping the needy. Since many were from Galilee and not from Jerusalem, many probably shared living quarters and food too.

They met daily in the temple courts to pray and praise God. They were a happy people and enjoyed a favorable reputation even though they worshipped Jesus in a nontraditional way compared to the Jewish tradition.

Miracles were happening too. Peter and John are walking to the temple courts one day and they meet a man crippled from birth. That man asked them for money. Peter and John had no money of their own for it was all pooled together to help the needy. But they ask the man to get up and walk in the name of Jesus. He gets on his feet and begins shouting, praising God, and jumping up and down. This attracts much attention from the other worshipers. Peter takes advantage of the assembled crowd to explain once again that Jesus died for their sin, that Jesus is the author of life, that the resurrection is true, and that all this had been prophesied by their prophets. This is essentially the same sermon he preached when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. He asks them to repent of their sin and be forgiven. He asks them to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be refreshed in spirit. Peter’s message is simple and to the point. Again many are added to the Church.

Lessons/Applications:

1. A church congregation which emphasizes Apostolic Teaching, the fellowship of all believers, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer will be the source of many miracles.

2. Be concerned only with possessing what you really need, not with what you think you need or want. Then pool your resources with others to help the needy. In other words, practice sacrificial giving.

3. Health is more important than wealth toward having a joyful heart. Praise God always for your good health.

4. Don’t be a spiritual cripple. Repent of your sin. Accept Jesus’ forgiveness. Receive a spirit of joy. Proclaim your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Live assured in the hope of heaven. Love others using all the gifts He has given you.

5. Your audience may change but the Gospel message must never change.

The first two principles fulfill Jesus’ summary of the Commandments; to love Him [1] and to love your neighbors [2]. If we diligently follow these principles, His Kingdom will grow and the reputation of the Church will be pure and holy.

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The Church’s Ministry in Jerusalem-Part I

Text: Acts 2:47-3:26

Outline: I. An Organized and Unified Church Acts 2:42-47

II. A Miraculous Healing Acts 3:1-10

III. A Healing Message Acts 3:11-26

Context/Discussion/Comments:

The Holy Spirit has come. The Church is growing. And the Church has been organized. It is focused/devoted on/to four principles. They are 1] the teaching of the Apostles, 2] fellowship with one another, 3] the breaking of bread or the Lord’s Supper, and 4] prayer. These four principles are the basis of their unity. Their unity is further expressed by selling all that they do not need, pooling their resources, and helping the needy. Since many were from Galilee and not from Jerusalem, many probably shared living quarters and food too.

They met daily in the temple courts to pray and praise God. They were a happy people and enjoyed a favorable reputation even though they worshipped Jesus in a nontraditional way compared to the Jewish tradition.

Miracles were happening too. Peter and John are walking to the temple courts one day and they meet a man crippled from birth. That man asked them for money. Peter and John had no money of their own for it was all pooled together to help the needy. But they ask the man to get up and walk in the name of Jesus. He gets on his feet and begins shouting, praising God, and jumping up and down. This attracts much attention from the other worshipers. Peter takes advantage of the assembled crowd to explain once again that Jesus died for their sin, that Jesus is the author of life, that the resurrection is true, and that all this had been prophesied by their prophets. This is essentially the same sermon he preached when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. He asks them to repent of their sin and be forgiven. He asks them to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be refreshed in spirit. Peter’s message is simple and to the point. Again many are added to the Church.

Lessons/Applications:

1. A church congregation which emphasizes Apostolic Teaching, the fellowship of all believers, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer will be the source of many miracles.

2. Be concerned only with possessing what you really need, not with what you think you need or want. Then pool your resources with others to help the needy. In other words, practice sacrificial giving.

3. Health is more important than wealth toward having a joyful heart. Praise God always for your good health.

4. Don’t be a spiritual cripple. Repent of your sin. Accept Jesus’ forgiveness. Receive a spirit of joy. Proclaim your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Live assured in the hope of heaven. Love others using all the gifts He has given you.

5. Your audience may change but the Gospel message must never change.

The first two principles fulfill Jesus’ summary of the Commandments; to love Him [1] and to love your neighbors [2]. If we diligently follow these principles, His Kingdom will grow and the reputation of the Church will be pure and holy.

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