July 29 - A Church of Witnesses (Acts 2:41-47)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Levi Regalado will continue teaching Encounters with Christ in the youth room. This study considers the interactions that Jesus has with different individuals throughout the four gospels.
Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will continue teaching through the book of Revelation in the Adult 1 classroom.
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
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.
What does a biblical church look like? How can we know if we are a Spirit-filled church? This week, we will look at the first gathering of a spirit filled witnesses. Let me remind you that after Peter preached, 3000 were added to their number. The number to which they added was the newly constituted community of God, called the church. The church is made up of people who accepted his message of the gospel, that Jesus is both Christ and Lord, as evidenced in being convicted, surrendered, repentant and baptized. Do we understand the unique nature of the church? What are the marks of a Spirit-filled church? The church is different from all other organizations in that it is devoted to learning about Jesus, sharing life together even at deep cost, worshipping that leads to awe in God, and praying, seeking God for all things. This community will grow in favor and number. Are these found among us?
Review and Apply
What are the requirements for church membership (see Acts 2.37-41)? Why are these essential?
What are the four marks of the Spirit-filled church?
Which of the four do you struggle with most? Why?
Which is the strongest in your life? Why?
What is your daily practice of learning? Are you submitting to what you are learning? Why or why not?
How does a person get “refreshed” in the gospel?
What inhibits deeper fellowship with other saints in your life? How can you better encourage your brothers and sisters in the faith? Be specific.
How do you prepare for worship? If more is needed, what must happen to change for the better?
When did you last “experience” God's presence?
Pray with one another for God's grace to both delight in him and demonstrate this love for others.