10/30/11 Same Marching Orders!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Under: Sermon

Text: Acts 4:31-33 (HCSB)

31 When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness. 32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them.

Intro: The Marching orders that this early Church in Acts was given: “Go and Grow” These orders have stayed the same for centuries! This church in Acts was aflame, on fire, enthusiastic, passionate, they were fired up for Christ! Imagine that! A church excited about what Jesus had done in their life. From 120 members to 10 million in one century. They had few of the things we think necessary today, no printing presses or media ministries not even any church buildings, those early believers outdid us. What Did That Church Have That We Need?

Application: The church that is not praying is playing!

What Did That Church Have That We Need?

1. It Was a Praying Church: (v. 31)

"When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness."

This church came out of a ten day prayer meeting. Both men and women prayed in one accord: Acts 1:14 (HCSB) “All these were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.”

11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and rescued me from Herod’s grasp and from all that the Jewish people expected.” 12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many had assembled and were praying. Acts 12:11-12 (HCSB)

They prayed and were filled with the Spirit. When Peter was jailed, they prayed, Prayed with such faith that it made them bold, they prayed so fervently the building was shaken; Peter was freed from prison because of the prayers of a church! Prayer is vital if the church is to move ahead. The church that is not praying is playing. The church is powerless without prayer.

This church accepted their marching orders and continued to tell others who Christ was.

What Did That Church Have That We Need?

2. It Was a Loving Church: (v. 32)

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common.

One heart and soul, love caused them to share with others, love enabled them to give to those in need, love enabled them to put away their differences, and love united them. This kind of love brings revival; they began to love things above, they lost their love of earthly possessions. This is the plan God had for His church, His marching orders where put into place with the idea of everyone following a common theme or goal.

They had everything in common! This church had unity in mind and heart, shared their possessions there was the power and witness of the Apostles and the grace of God, which rested upon them. The overarching concept was their unity, their being “one in heart and mind,” their fellowship in the Spirit

2 Fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Philippians 2:2 (HCSB)

The marching orders required a passion for love.

What Did That Church Have That We Need?

3. It Was a Witnessing Church: (v. 31)

"And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them."

If the church would spend more time witnessing there would be less time to whining! “They all spake the word of God with boldness.” “With great power gave the apostles witness.”

The marching orders of the great commission was fresh on their minds: Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB) 18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

The marching orders for the call to witness sounded in their hearts: Acts 1:8 (KJV)

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” All were reaching out with the gospel, that’s the marching orders.

Conclusion: Praying, Loving, Witnessing They Marched ahead, we have the gospel because they were unstoppable, we have the same marching orders they Changed the
World so Can We.

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