Christ-Centered Community

Be a Disciple – Christ-Centered Community – Acts 2:36-47; 4

Sermon for October 7
  • The believers were together, praying and sharing life
  • God did a miracle – allowing spiritual and religious peole in the community to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their own language – culturally and socially relevant communication
  • Some scoffed and mocked at what was happening
  • Peter preached as never before the story of salvation using refrences from the faith of his audience
  • The audience was cut to the heart by the Gospel, and asked what they should do next
  • Peter proclaimed that they should repent and be baptized and receive also the gift of God.
  • 3000 were added that day
  • The believers came together in a radical form of community, much like a Jewish monastery among the Essenes, where:
  • 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Have you truly heard the gospel in a culturally and spiritually relevant way?
Have you responded in faith, repented of your sins and given your life over to God?
How has faith in Christ and inclusion in the Christian community changed you?

This story shows several distinct forms of Evangelism:

  1. God does a miracle in the form of some supernatural public expression, and Peter preaches to explain and elaborate.
  2. God does a miracle in the form of quietly and humbly radically changing people’s individual lives getting the attention of and gaining the good will of all the people – and from among those onlookers the Lord added daily to the number of believers.

In both instances, God does a miracle, and in both instances the believers do something to prepare the way for the miracle (in the first instance, remaining in prayer in the upper room as Jesus had commanded; in the second, repenting and giving their lives over to the will of God). In either case, an experience of true community is created among believers for the sake of Christ, and the result is that God continues to act in ever more amazing ways to bring His Kingdom.

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