Growing Strong in Christ -WITH VIDEO (Lesson 10 of 10)

Laborer Training School 2018

Video: Growing Strong in Christ (Lesson 10) (2 hr 20 min)

  • Acts 2:42-47: Scripture + fellowship + prayer = God’s results
  • Prayer:
    • Luke 11:5-13; 18:1-8:
      • we are poor
      • God is rich
      • we must plead (Proverbs 18:23) 
    • Dan. 9:1-4; Zech. 10:1; Matt. 6:10; 1 John 5:14-15: pray God’s will
    • 1 Cor. 14:15; Rev. 5:8: with songs
    • Matt. 6:9; 1 Tim. 2:1: with thanksgiving/praise
  • Church:
    • Matt. 18:17: Group of Christians
      • Matt. 18:20: 2+ people gathered under Jesus’ authority
      • Lev. 26:8; Deut. 32:30: blessing of joining together
    • Philippians 1:1: city-wide church, 2 offices
      • Acts 2:46: could meet in homes and temple
      • Progression: 2 sent (Acts 13:1-4) → establish disciple group (Acts 14:21-22) → appoint elders (Acts 14:23) → appoint deacons (Acts 6:1-6)
  • Build itself up: (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 14:26)
    • Apostles: “sent ones”; church-planters
    • Prophets: refine church
    • Evangelists: bring lost to Christ
    • Shepherds: comfort and tend the flock
    • Teachers

Healthy Churches Consistently Practice

  • Communion (1 Cor. 11:20-21)
  • Baptism of new Christians (Acts 2:41)
  • Giving/charity (Acts 4:32-37)
  • Spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 14:26)
  • Praying, singing, praising (1 Cor. 14:15-16; 1 Tim. 2:1)
  • Discipline toward unrepentant sin (Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5:11)
  • Teaching & obeying Scripture (Acts 2:42; 1 Tim. 4:13)
  • Fellowship, especially over meals (Acts 2:42)
  • Gatherings that encourage participation to edify all (1 Cor. 14:26)

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