SERIES: Unstoppable – The Book of Acts

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Journey Church


  • The truth is, we are all better together.
    • Impossible to live the Christian life in isolation
    • Whether you know it or not – you were created for community
    • We are better when we are in community with other Christians


  • Believers form a community – who are we talking about – Apostles – all the believers (earlier in Acts 2, day of Pentecost) – 3,000 new converts (vs. 31)


  • Large group – what do we do?
  • Jesus was very clear with His disciples about WHAT their mission was and WHY it mattered, but He didn’t teach a lot about the HOW.
    • But He had modeled the HOW with His


TEXT: Acts 2:42-47 (832)

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.




  1. They were committed to learning.


  • “Devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching”


  • The people didn’t have Bibles – learned by going to a synagogue and being taught – now they were being taught by the apostles – who taught them or passed along what Jesus had taught them


  • This is what Jesus had modeled for them – He taught in a different way (parables, stories) that connected in a way they could understand


  • Today: We have access to so many things, but none of them has value if we are not committed to learning and growing in our faith.


  • The beginning of wisdom is this: Get Though it cost all you have, get understanding. – Proverbs 4:7 [NIV] (483)


  1. They were committed to fellowshipping.
    • That’s kind of a Bible term


  • Fellowship / sharing in meals / Lord’s supper (communion) / met together in one place / worshipped together at the Temple and they met in homes / shared meals again


  • Fellowship” = koinonia = “contribution, participation, sharing”


  • They engaged in each other’s lives – they understood the power of community


  • This what Jesus had modeled for the apostles for 3.5 years and it’s what they modeled and passed on to the first believers


  • Community is so vital because as we say all the time – your closest relationships will determine the quality and direction of your life.
    • Being here is vital – community groups matter – gospel-centered relationships matter
      • You may be one friendship away from changing your life


  1. They were committed to praying.


  • Apostles saw this CONSTANTLY modeled by Jesus
    • But Jesus often withdrew to lonelyplaces and prayed. – Luke 5:16 (785)
    • Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. – Mark 1:35 (762)
    • Many of Jesus’ great miracles or moments happened because He was interrupted on His way to pray
    • Disciples finally asked: “Teach us to pray!”
    • At the very end, when He knew his betrayal and the cross were coming – He prayed


  • Acts is launched from a prayer meeting (beginning of chapter 2)


  • The story of Acts is soaked in prayer – when miracles happened and many believed in Jesus – they prayed and thanked God. When times were tough and Christians were being executed and hope seemed lost – they prayed. They didn’t just pray for needs, they prayed for power, for impact



  • …if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (338)




  1. They were together in unity and had all things in common
  2. They developed a culture of generosity out of their closeness to each other
  3. Every day people were putting their faith in Christ and joining this movement


  • WE IS > ME


  • We need to practice the fundamentals of our faith – they materialize best in community


  • When we do, here is what is produced: unity – generosity – salvation


  • Imagine what could happen here at Journey if we practiced the fundamentals together? Imagine the impact we could have in this community if we grew to be the most unified, generous, and loving church they had ever come in contact with. Can you imagine it?


  • Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. – Ephesians 3:20 (896)


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