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In This Together

February 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Acts: Send Me
(In this together)

Scripture Text: Acts 2


Introduction:
A few things that are hurting our walk with Christ and the effectiveness of our witness for Him:

  • Dropping out of church altogether
  • Only associating with each other at church
  • Showing up sporadically
  • Coming regularly, but remaining isolate

We were made for community. You can see that all the way back to the beginning of the Bible. 

God made us for a relationship with Him, and with each other. As we catch up with the first church today we'll see how they lived life together.

I. What's happened since last time?


A lot has happened in the lives of the first Christians since we were here last week.

Matthias set apart to replace Judas
Coming of the Holy Spirit
Miraculous sharing of the Gospel
Peter's Sermon
About 3000 new Christians

II. A Snapshot of life together
We're going to see that Luke sprinkles these snapshots of early church life throughout the book
of Acts. This first one gives us what may be the purest picture of what the church was meant to
be.


Shared Life - They ate together, they worshiped together, they studied together. These believers
clung to each other and they opened their lives up to each other.

There is no way that you can read these words and envision running in the door at the last minute
and escaping the building as quickly as possible after the service. They met daily, they opened
their homes and their hearts to each other.

When I talk to Military Veterans they always say the same thing about their time in service, "I
miss the camaraderie." There's a deep bond that grows between people who serve and risk
together for a common cause.

As Christians we're called to a life of serving and risking together. We shouldn't gather in spite
of people, but to worship and serve with them. Deep and meaningful relationships are only built
when we spend time together.

1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

That kind of love only develops through time invested in each other.

Shared Burdens - The bond they built while serving and worshiping together drove them to love
each other enough to meet each other's needs.

Galatians 6:2
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.


Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

These early Christians were so moved by each other's needs that they were willing to give away
or sell their stuff in order to meet help each other. Here and in Acts 4 we see it happen in
Jerusalem, and then later throughout the book of Acts we'll see it go on in several of the
churches.

Shared Experience - All of this didn't happen just by accident. These people were radically
transformed because they had a shared experience - they were touched by Christ. Jesus changes
everything.

We are made new in Him which gives us the ability to deny self and love others. As we grow
deeper in our relationship with Him the we should gain a greater capacity to love others.

III. Results
Needs were met - their love drove them to meet each other's needs.
Genuine worship - relationships can hinder or help our worship.
Favor with community - grace. Their community knew them and valued them.
Growth - in number and maturity.

CONCLUSION:
Be present - show up here, and in people's lives
Be involved - serve in a ministry. Invest time in others.
Join a Small Group - the best way to accomplish both.

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