MISSIONS: AROUND THE CORNER, AROUND THE WORLD
"The Mission of the Church: Our Turn”
February 16, 2020 / Dr. Jason Kennedy
All Scriptures from English Standard Version (ESV).
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
The first church devoted itself to teaching.
2 Timothy 2:1–7
1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
1 Peter 2:2–3
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
The first church was devoted to fellowship.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
The first church devoted itself to the breaking of bread.
The first church devoted itself to prayer.
How do we act like the first church?
1. Be bold with your evangelism.
2. Be bold with your serving.
3. Be bold with your giving.
4. Be bold with your prayers.
What is your major takeaway from this week’s message?
When you hear the word "church," what do you think about?
What is the church’s purpose?
Why is mission so important to the church?
How can prayer, fellowship, breaking of bread, and teaching help in fulfilling the mission of the church?
What role in the church is God calling you to, and how can you accomplish that role?
See the below attachment entitled “M’Cheyne Bible Calendar,” and read February 17-23 this week.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
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