A spiritually healthy Church where Christ is seen and heard. Acts 2:41-47

Revisiting the vision is a matter of importance, as human beings we need to be reminded of whom we are and where we are going.

In the hustle and bustle of life we often needs a refresher or reminder of where we are going

The goal of this church is that every member would become spiritually mature and by virtue of spiritual maturity we would be a church where Christ is seen and heard.

It would be all about Jesus and not about us, not our preference or our desires. Our theme for 2022 is help us become the spiritually healthy church where Christ is seen and heard.

 

"Focusing on Christ to make us more like Christ"

 

To be more like Christ is to be spiritually mature.

If we are going to be a spiritually healthy church where Christ is seen and heard, we must focus on Christ and get back to the basics of the Christian faith.

The first century church is a great model to follow for they were saved by the word of God and continued in the word of God. 

Acts 2:41, "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls"
 

  • The word of God saves the saints

  • The word of God grows the saints

  • The word of God focused the saints on Jesus

 Their focus on Christ through his word made them a spiritually healthy church

      I.   They focused on Christ through dicipleship - vs. 42a
      II.  They focused on Christ through fellowship - vs. 42b
      III. They focused on Christ through worship - vs. 42c
      IV.  They focused on Christ through ministry - vs. 43-45
      V.    They focused on Christ through evangelism - vs. 46-47


A church that is focused on Christ is a growing church

A church that is focused on Christ is a spiritually healthy church

Greater Hopewell as we embark upon 2022 let our focus be on Jesus through his word

      I.   They focused on Christ through discipleship - vs. 42a
      "And they continued steadfast in the apostle doctrine"

Doctrine is didache refers to teaching and the content of whit is being taught
          a.  Focus on the word of God creates a thirst to know God better
          b.  Focus on the word of God creates a hunger for Bible class and Sunday school
          c.  Focus on the word of God keeps us focused on Jesus
          d.  Discipleship is an intense study of the word of God

Whatever a person focuses upon is what one will become

If we focus on the word of God then we are Disciples of Christ

If we focus on the word of God we will not be distracted by the world


      II.   They focused on Christ through fellowship - vs. 42b
      "And they continued steadfastly in fellowship"

 Fellowship is koinonia sharing in a love relationship with God and people 
          a.  When the word is flowing fellowship is growing
          b.  Focusing on Christ helps us to love God and to love people
          c.  Loving one another creates an atmosphere where Christ is seen and heard
          d.  Fellowship cannot happen without gathering for worship
          e.  Focusing on Christ is demostrated through a love relationship
1 John 4:8"He that loves not knows not God for God is love"

1 John 4:11"Beloved if God so loved us we ought also to love one another"
1 John 4:13"Hereby know we that we dwell in him and he in us because he hath given us of his spirit"

 

      III.   They focused on Christ through worship - vs. 42c; 46
      "And they continued steadfastly in breaking of bread and in prayers"
     "And they continued daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart"

          a.  Focused on Jesus cultivates a love for worship
          b.  The highest level of worship is engaging in the Lord's supper with other brothers and sisters

  • Breaking of bread is the Lord's supper

  • Worship is communion with God on the highest level

  • Focus on Christ connects us to God through worship

          c.  Focusing on Jesus is to focus on worshipping God
               "They continued steadfastly in prayer"

  • Prayer ushers us into the presence of God

  • Prayer is an element of worship

  • Praying to the Lord in the Lord's house gains the attention of the Lord

      
      IV.   They focused on Christ through ministry - vs. 43-45
          a.  The apostles focus on Christ enables them to do miracles - vs.43
          b.  Their focus on Christ bonded them together for ministry and fellowship
              "And all that believed were together and had all things common

          c.  Focus on Christ leads to fellowship in the church which leads to ministry to the church
          d.  Focused on Christ leads to caring about people
               "And sold their possessions and goods and parted them to all men as every man had need"

          e.  Ministry to the Lord's church is seen in sacrifice

  • Their focus on Christ motivated them to sell their possession and goods

  • They gave the proceeds to those who were in need

          f.  Focusing on Christ makes ministry easier

  • Growing saints are giving saints

     V.  They focused on Christ through evangelism - vs. 47
     "Praising God and having favor with all the people and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved"

          a.  Sinners need to see focused faith in Christ being lived out in the life of the saints
          b.  A church that is focused on Christ is an attractive church to the community
          c.  evantelism is more effective when you have a spiritually healthy church to bring people to

  •  A warm and inviting church

  • A place to experience the love and joy of Christ

​​​​​​​          d.  Faith focused on Jesus makes the difference in life

How does a growing church grow?
          1.  By focusing on Christ through discipleship
          2.  By focusing on Christ through fellowship
          3.  By focusing on Christ through worship
          4.  By focusing on Christ through ministry
          5.  By focusing on Christ through evangelism
"Praising God and having favor with all the people and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved"

We are to focus on Jesus and God does the adding...

In 2022 I am going to intensify my focus on Jesus

I love the Lord because he first loved me

Jesus looked beyond my faults and saw my need

  • God is ... all I got, but God is all I need

  • God is my everything

  • I need God I could not make it through the day

  • I need thee every hour of the day, every minute in the hour

Every time I thing about God and all that he is to me, my soul cries out hallelujah, hallelujah!!!