By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
WHY THE EARLY CHURCH GREW
Expository: Acts 2:42
Context - (coming up to this point
Effect must a cause (Illustrate)
Not because of wealth.
Not because of social prominence.
Acts 4:4 - growth - 5,000 men.
BECAUSE THEY WERE STEADFAST.
Who were "They"?
Devout men who obeyed - v.5.
Continued - (a farmer must)
v. 46 - day by day.
Revelation 2:10 - "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life."
II Peter 1:5-11.
II Timothy 4:10.
Demus forsook Paul, because he loved the present world.
I Corinthians 10:8 - 23,000 fell because they were not steadfast.
IN THE APOSTLE'S DOCTRINE.
Acts 8:3-4 - they went everywhere preaching the Word.
What was this gospel?
I Corinthians 15:3-4 --- Death Burial Resurrection
Sold their possessions.
Motivated by love.
I Corinthians 11:17-34.
IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD.
The Lord's Supper - the center of N.T. worship.
Memorial - Joshua 4:1-7; 19-24.
Refer back to I Corinthians 11.
AND IN PRAYER.
James 5:16 --- "Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that
ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working."
Acts 12:12-16 --- Peter put in prison, brethren praying. (v.5).
I Timothy 2:2-3
All who are in high places.
I Thessalonians 5:17 --- "...pray without ceasing..."
Prayer has power.
We need to help God answer our prayers.
We need to put prayer into action.
The church has to grow.
What will you do about it?
Will you do like the passage says?
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