WHAT's A CHURCH TO DO?
In this series, we'll examine the beginnings of the Church, as found in the book of Acts, to discover the purposes and practices that were a regular part of how they went about the work that Jesus left them to do.
4. Missional communities
Nov 24 -- In answering the question of what the Church in Acts actually DID together, we find some great insights in Acts 2:42-47. Many churches that exist today do many, if not all of the same things, yet we hardly see the same sort of results they saw in that day. Could the key difference be not what we DO together, but what it is that we orient ourselves around? This message will examine how the centrality of mission to the Acts church created a context of explosive growth in making disciples- yet in the process cultivating a devotion to prayer and worship and a deep sense of community among the believers.
3. good decisions by design
Nov 17 -- The early church was not only waiting for the Holy Spirit and God's direction in the Upper Room, but they were also considering decisions at hand. One of those decisions we can observe involved their realization that there had always been 12 disciples and now there were only 11 (following Judas' betrayal and death). This lesson explores how they went about solving and deciding what to do next about #12. We can learn from observing the process through which they worked. There are challenges and questions that accompany decisions like this, both biblical and practical. There is an interesting question historically asked about this one, as well, which is mentioned as a caution regarding decision-making in the church.
2. Birthing Room
Nov 10 --This message is the 2nd lesson in our series that answers the question: "What's a Church to Do?" It is about the vital importance of prayer. The main point: Prayer is the place out of which churches and ministries are born. While the early disciples waited on the Lord in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, they prayed. The Upper Room acted like a birthing room, which birthed the church. The main application: Spiritual awakening will only come about as a result of prayer and God’s involvement. No matter what we do, if we want to understand what God wants, and what to do, we need to wait on the Lord and seek Him in prayer.
1. What's a Church to do?
Nov 3 -- This message is an introduction to exploring the Early Church's understanding of its purpose. Jesus gave them instructions both through His last words and through sending His Holy Spirit. The Apostles and early followers of Jesus used discernment as they learned what it meant to wait on the Lord, be Jesus' witnesses, and take on Jesus' mission to win their world for God's purposes. God first sent Jesus, and now Jesus is sending His Church to complete the mission. The Book of Acts gives us insight into the question "what's a church supposed to do?"