2019-06-30: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Anatomy of a Growing Church

Sermon Audio: Anatomy of a Growing Church
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 2:42-47
Duration: 28:45
Size: 13.9 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Anatomy of a Growing Church
Acts 2:42-47

What are the elements needed for growth? What does a growing church look like?

I. Essentials of a Growing Christian Body
A. Teaching/Learning
If we will devote ourselves to obeying God’s word, whether we learn it in a Sunday School class, a sermon, in our own Bible reading time, or some other way, we will learn to live in the freedom God has for us.

B. Fellowship
So, not only did they hang out together and build good friendships with one another, but they gathered to remember the Lord’s death, and what it had done for all of them together. It was both social and spiritual.

C. Prayer & Worship
Now, as important as personal prayer times are, Acts 1:14 says they all joined together constantly in prayer.

D. A Sense of Awe
If we really believe that our God is alive and well and wants to let His power flow through His church, then I believe we will begin to see the miraculous in our lives.

E. Sharing
They were so excited about what God was doing in their lives that they wanted to be around other believers who would rejoice together with them.

II. Effects of a Growing Christian Body
A. Favor
Favor comes by being part of the solution, rather than the problem in your community.

B. Divine Increase
Let me encourage you to keep on being faithful in obeying what God asks you to do. Don’t give up sharing your faith. Keep planting seeds; keep watering the soil. God will give the increase if we do not give up.