This week we continue to look at the living church. Many churches are dead today. If we are not careful we could join their number. So, we want to make sure that we imitate the early church which was indeed a living church!
CONVERSION - Vss. 37-41
Vs. 37 - Notice the conviction here! Where does that kind of conviction come from?
Yes, the Holy Spirit! Unless the Holy Spirit convicts, there will be no true turning to Christ. Let us ask God to pour out His Spirit when any preacher preaches!
Repent - They needed to change their attitude about Christ. They needed to see Him as their Messiah.
They needed to be sorry for the sin of rejecting Him.
Today people need to repent and have a change of attitude about Christ.
They must turn from their sin and trust Christ.
They must turn from any other method of salvation and trust Christ exclusively.
Be Baptized - In the early church Baptism immediately followed salvation.
When a person was publicly baptized, he was making a life-changing stand.
Opposition would often follow. In my opinion, Baptism was a test to see if a professing believer was for real.
"for the remission of sins" - I hold that it was the belief in Christ that gave the remission of sins.
The vast majority of salvation verses talk about faith in Christ alone as the way to Heaven.
CONTINUATION - Vss. 42
When a person has been truly born again, he or she will continue in the faith.
And notice how these new believers continued - steadfastly!
If there is anything that we believers, old and new, need it's steadfastness.
1 Corinthians 4:2 - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
It's so easy to give up! It's so easy to let down. What we need to do is to continue or "hang in there" in these four areas.
Doctrine is teaching.
There is so much that we need to learn.
General Bible knowledge is important, but we need to take what the Bible teaches us to do and to actually do it. We need to be Bible Students like the Bereans.
Acts 17:11 - These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
In his writings Paul emphasizes the importance of doctrine.
2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Fellowship is sharing.
· Breaking of Bread
Why is the Lord's Table important to you?
Now I believe the reference here includes praying together.
From Scripture and through experience, God has shown that He answers corporate prayers.
We should be a people who pray together even if not everyone feels they want to pray out loud.
CONDUCT - Vss. 43-47
· Fear, Vs. 43
· Miracles, Vs. 43
· Sharing - Vss. 44-45
1 John 3:17-18 - But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
· Unity - Vs. 46
· Gladness - Vs. 46
· Praise - Vs. 47
· Testimony - Vs. 47
· Salvation - Vs. 47