Acts: The Authentic Church

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the third sermon in our series on the book of Acts on “The Authentic Church”. Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Acts 2:40-47

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BIBLE READING: Acts 2:40-47

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: How can you rely more on the Holy Spirit as you seek to share the Gospel with your ‘one key’ person this week?

WARM-UP Questions

  1. If you’ve ever looked around for a church (or gone ‘Church shopping’), what were the types of things that you were looking for? How did you actually make your decision?

  2. If you asked a friend what they thought that you were ‘devoted’ to, what do you think they would say? Is that different to what you would love them to say?

READ Acts 2:40-45 (LEARNING & LOVING)

  1. What does Luke mean when he uses the word ‘devoted’? What do you think people would describe St Bart’s as being ‘devoted to’?

  2. What does Luke mean by the Apostles’ teaching? Why did this teaching have such a special status and what would it have looked like for them to be devoted to it?

  3. Why should the Bible take such a central place in the life of our church and lives?

  4. What were the reasons as to why people were so motivated to love another?

  5. What was the extent of their love for another? How do you think this would have been practically demonstrated?

  6. What are the ways in which we love one another as a church? How could we grow in this area?

READ Acts 2:46-47 (WORSHIPPING & TELLING)

  1. In what way was this first Christian church devoted to worshipping? In what forums did they worship and how was that expressed?

  2. What does it mean to be both reverent and joyful in worship? How is that possible?

  3. If someone said to you that Christian corporate worship (i.e., being gathered together) doesn’t matter, how would you respond to them?

  4. How is it evident that the early church was regularly involved in telling others about Jesus? What has been the your latest (even tiny!) conversation that mentioned Jesus or that you are a Christian?

APPLY This Week: How can you help continue to shape St Bart’s as church devoted to learning, loving, worshipping, and telling? (Feel free to pick one!)

PRAYER

How can you help continue to shape St Bart’s as church devoted to learning, loving, worshipping, and telling? (Feel free to pick one!)

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN