Yesterday marked another Lord’s Day and another opportunity to be in the word of God with the saints at Grace Community Church. Here is a recap of the weekend (including sermon audio):
Sunday Morning: A Dependent Church (pt. 2)
We are still in Acts 4:23-35 looking at the example of what a dependent church practically looks like:
When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—
27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. 32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
So far we have seen 4 (out of 7) traits of a Dependent Church:
- A Dependent Church is Committed to One Another (v. 23)
- A Dependent Church Prays (v. 24a)
- A Dependent Church finds comfort in God’s sovereignty (vv. 24b-28)
- A Dependent Church boldly proclaims His word. (vv. 29-30)
You can listen to the sermon HERE
Sunday Evening: “The Mission of Our Church” pt. 1)
Sunday evening we discussed the mission of our church. We looked at a number of a passages and came to the conclusion that our mission is to
“spiritually prepare individuals for the Kingdom of God.”
You can listen to the sermon HERE (More on this on Wed.)
Questions to Think About
- What are some ways that we can practically depend upon God in our lives and in our church?
- In times of trouble, where do you look for comfort? Why is God’s sovereignty the most effective source of comfort?
- Why is it a sign of dependence for a church to boldly preach God’s word?
“What is Our Mission?”
- Why did God create and save us? What is our primary purpose?
- What is our mission? Why is our mission different than our purpose?
- Evaluation: Are you using your gifts and resources to spiritual prepare individuals for the Kingdom?
- Pray for more opportunities to serve in this way.
- Think of 1 area of your life where you can come into contact with more people in spiritual need, and pray for opportunities to meet those needs.