A Discipling Church
Scripture: Acts 2:42–2:47
“The Spirit-Led Church Pt. 2: A Discipling Church”
September 15, 2013 The Rt. Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
In the New Testament, the Church was not a building, but a Body – the Body of Christ. God’s purpose is not for Christians to live individualistic, isolated lives apart from their brothers and sisters in Christ. He desires for believers to be united in a local church (or body of believers). The New
Testament word for Church is εκκλεσια (ekklesia) – called out ones; called out assembly or gathering.
A DISCIPLING CHURCH
2:42 They devoted themselves… to the apostles’ teaching.
A. The Apostles Teaching is the ________ ___________.
You that you can’t really understand the New Testament unless you know the ______ ________.
From Genesis 1:1 to Malachi 4:6 is the foundation for understanding the ministry of Jesus with his life, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
When you know the Old Testament, the New Testament comes alive in deep and meaningful ways revealing God’s Truth and Instruction.
The Apostles’ Teaching in Acts 2:42 would have been their understanding of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus as found in the Old Testament and what they personally experienced with Jesus themselves.
Today, I would define the Apostles’ Teaching as all of the Scriptures – the ______ and the _______ Testaments.
B. They “devoted themselves” to the apostles’ teaching.
They were ____________ to it. They were __________ in it. They were committed to it.
C. Jesus had given the apostles a commission – to make disciples.
Matthew 28:19 – Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…
A disciple is a ___________. A disciple is a disciplined learner. A disciple is an intentional learner.
2 Timothy 2:2 – And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
David Bivin: The call to be a rabbi’s disciple in first-century Israel often meant leaving relatives and friends and traveling to country under austere conditions. It also meant total commitment.
1) Sacrifice ______________________________________
2) Commitment ___________________________________
3) As a Father ____________________________________
Dr. Henry Baldwin -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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Deacon Bill Arnold -- email@example.com