The Marks of a Healthy Church

The Marks of a Healthy Church
(Acts 2:42-47)

I. A healthy church is marked by continual devotion to the Lord. (Acts 2:42)
A. Devotion to the teaching of the Word of God (Luke 24:27; 2 Timothy 4:1-4)
B. Devotion to corporate worship

  1. The Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:26)
  2. Prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6)
  3. Praise and joy (Colossians 3:1; Psalm 57:7)

II. A healthy church is marked by continual devotion to the Lord’s people. (Hebrews 10:25; Colossians 3:13)
A. To have fellowship, we must be genuinely saved. (Ephesians 2:8)
B. To have fellowship, we must be together. (Ephesians 4:3,13)
C. To have fellowship, we must share together in the things of God.
D. To have fellowship, we must share together in material things. (1 Timothy 6:18; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12; 2 Corinthians 8,9)

III. A healthy church is marked by continual devotion to God’s work in the world. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

The Sermon that Started the Church

I. The Introduction (Acts 2:14:21)
A. In the last days, God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. (Acts 2:17-18; 2 Peter 3:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13)
B. This outpouring of the Spirit will be followed by a time of terrible judgment. (Acts 2:19-20; Revelation 6:12)
C. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Acts 2:21)

II. The Message (Acts 2:22-36)
A. God authenticated Jesus as Lord and Christ through His miracles. (Acts 2:22; John 3:2,19)
B. God authenticated Jesus as Lord and Christ through His death. (Acts 2:23; John 10:17-18; Isaiah 53:10)
C. God authenticated Jesus as Lord and Christ through His Resurrection. (Acts 2:24-32; Psalm 16:8-11)
D. God authenticated Jesus as Lord and Christ through His exaltation and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:33-36; 4:11; Psalm 110:1)

III. The Response and Application (Acts 2:37-41)
A. The crowd responds with conviction. (Acts 2:37)
B. Peter applies the message: repentance, baptism, and promise. (Acts 2:38-40; Mark 1:4)
C. The result: 3,000 saved! (Acts 2:41)

Credible Witnesses for Christianity

Credible Witnesses for Christianity
(Acts 1:12-26)

I. The apostles believed fully in Jesus as Lord. (Acts 1:21, 24; John 20:28-29; Luke 5:8)

II. The apostles were obedient to God and devoted themselves to prayer. (Acts 1:4, 14; Matthew 6:10; Philippians 1:27)

III. The apostles relied upon and trusted in the Scriptures. (Acts 1:16; Luke 24:44-45; Psalm 109:8)

IV. The apostles were genuine witnesses of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8)

V. The apostles submitted to God’s sovereign will. (Acts 1:21-26)

The Sure Foundation of the Church

The Sure Foundation of the Church
(Acts 1:1-11)

I. The Church must have a sure foundation. (Acts 1:3, 1 Corinthians 3:11)

A. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us a sure foundation. (Luke 24:36-45; 1 Corinthians 15:17)
B. Jesus’ teaching about His Kingdom gives us a sure foundation. (Mark 1:15; Acts 17:30-31; 19:8; 20:25)

II. The Church must have a sharp focus. (Acts 1:6-7; Mark 16:15)

III. The Church must have sufficient power. (Acts 1:8; Mark 1:8; John 14:17; Romans 8:9)

IV. The Church must have a sure hope. (Acts 1:9-11; Mark 16:19)

Church Is Essential

Back to Church Sunday: Church Is Essential!

I. The Church is essential because Christ promised to build it. (Matthew 16:13-19)
A. The Church is essential because it belongs to Christ, not to us. (Acts 20:28)
B. The Church is essential because it is built on the right understanding of the person of Jesus Christ. (Psalm 2, 22, 110; Isaiah 53; Daniel 7; Matthew 7:25; 21:42; 1 Peter 2:4-8)
C. The Church is essential because it has the authority to proclaim God’s only way of salvation to this world that is under His judgment. (Acts 2, 8, 10; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
D. The Church is essential because Christ is coming back for it, and it alone will remain after this present evil world comes under judgment. (Matthew 24:14; Revelation 11:15)

II. The Church is essential because Christ loves her and gave His life for her. (Ephesians 5:25; 28-30)

III. The Church is essential because it reveals Christ and His glory to the lost world. (Ephesians 3:8-11)
A. To reveal Christ and His glory, we must proclaim and uphold God’s Word of truth in this relativistic world. (1 Timothy 3:14-16; John 17:17)
B. To reveal Christ and His glory, we must be growing in Christlike character and relationships. (Ephesians 5:26-27; John 13:34-35)

The Ascension

The Ascension of the Son of God
(Mark 16:19-20)

I. The Implications for the Son of God (Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11; John 16:7)
A. He Is the Crucified One (John 20:27; Revelation 5:6; Hebrews 10:12-14)
B. He Is the Conquering One (Colossians 2:13-15)
C. He Is the Consoling One (John 16:7; Acts 1:8)
D. He Is the Confessing One (Matthew 10:32; 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 8:34)
E. He Is the Confirming One (Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 6:19-20)
F. He Is the Commanding One (Acts 10:36)
G. He Is the Completing One (John 14:1-3)
H. He Is the Coming One (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

II. The Implications for His Followers (Mark 16:20)
A. The Mission (Acts 1-2; 17:6; Mark 16:15)
B. The Ministry (Galatians 4:6; Matthew 28:20; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 5:17)

Our Mission

Our Mission from the Son of God
(Mark 16:15-18)

I. Our Responsibility to Preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19-20)
A. Our Message (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
B. Our Mission Field (Acts 1:8)
C. Our Method (Romans 10:17; Philippians 1:27; Matthew 5:16)

II. The Responsibility of Those Who Hear the Gospel (Mark 16:16)
A. To Answer (Ephesians 2:8-9)
B. To Act (Ephesians 2:10)
C. To Accept (Acts 4:12; John 14:6)

III. The Signs That Follow Believers (Mark 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20)
A. Cast Out Demons (Acts 8:4-8; 19:11-12)
B. Speak with New Tongues (Acts 2:4-11; 10:46; 19:6)
C. Take Up Serpents (Acts 28:3,5)
D. Drink Anything Deadly
E. Lay Hands on The Sick (Acts 3:7; 19:11; 28:8-9

Resurrection Day Appearances

Resurrection Day Appearances of the Son of God
(Mark 16:9-14)

I. Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11; John 20:11-18; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Psalm 51:12)

II. Jesus Appears to Two Disciples (Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-35; Matthew 11:28; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; Hebrews 2:3)

III. Jesus Appears to His Disciples (Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36; John 20:19-20)

The Resurrection

The Resurrection of the Son of God
(Mark 16:1-8)

I. A Ministry of Love (Mark 16:1-3)
A. Their Desire (Mark 16:1)
B. Their Devotion (Mark 16:2)
C. Their Doubts (Mark 16:3)

II. A Message of Life (Mark 16:4-6; Matthew 28:2-4)
A. A Message of Peace (Mark 16:6a)
B. A Message of Power (Mark 16:6b)
C. A Message with Proof (Mark 16:6c; John 20:6-7; Hebrews 7:25)

III. A Mission of Liberation (Mark 16:7-8; 1 Peter 1:3)
A. A Command (Mark 16:7; John 20:19)
B. A Change (Mark 16:8)