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04.15.20121 Today’s Message. 04.15.20122 Where Church Life Begins… Rediscover the Core Values of the First Church Pastor Timothy Chan Chinese Grace Bible.

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1 Today’s Message

2 Where Church Life Begins… Rediscover the Core Values of the First Church Pastor Timothy Chan Chinese Grace Bible Church Sunday, April 15, 2012

3 Where Church Life Begins… Rediscover the Core Values of the First Church Pastor Timothy Chan Chinese Grace Bible Church Sunday, April 15, 2012

4 Introduction A sketch of the first church of Jerusalem reveals a remarkable template for a vital Christ-centered church. Though small in origin, strapped of financial resources and weak in structure and organization…

5 Introduction …the community life of the first church of Jerusalem in the great book of Acts describes how a vibrant church life impacts the whole world.

6 Acts 2:38-47 (NIV 1984) 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

7 Acts 2:38-47 (NIV 1984) 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off— for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

8 Acts 2:38-47 (NIV 1984) 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

9 Acts 2:38-47 (NIV 1984) 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.

10 Acts 2:38-47 (NIV 1984) 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

11 Acts 2:38-47 (NIV 1984) 46 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,

12 Acts 2:38-47 (NIV 1984) 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

13 Acts 1:13-14 (NIV 1984) 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

14 Acts 1:13-14 (NIV 1984) 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

15 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: I.The First Church is a __________ church. It is faith built on ____________-___________ lives. believer’s radically changed

16 Acts 2:42 (NIV 1984) 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

17 Acts 6:1 (NIV 1984) 1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

18 Acts 11:26 (NIV 1984) 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

19 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Implications: A.A ____________ Decision Voluntary

20 Acts 2:38 (NIV 1984) 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

21 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Implications: A.A ____________ Decision B.A ____________ Change Voluntary Radical

22 Corinthians 6:16-17 (NIV 1984) 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

23 Corinthians 6:16-17 (NIV 1984) 17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

24 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Implications: A.A ____________ Decision B.A ____________ Change C.An Adult _________ Into New Life Voluntary Radical Baptism

25 Acts 8:35-38 (NIV 1984) 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

26 Acts 8:35-38 (NIV 1984) 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

27 Acts 8:35-38 (NIV 1984) [ 37 Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” ]

28 Acts 8:35-38 (NIV 1984) 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

29 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Implications: A.A ____________ Decision B.A ____________ Change C.An Adult _________ Into New Life D.A New Faith Taught Through ______-_____________ Voluntary Radical Baptism LifeWitnesses

30 Acts 2:42 (NIV 1984) 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

31 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Characteristics: The identifiable characteristics of the first church are the ______________ _________________ of the believers. identifiable characteristics

32 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Characteristics: The Bible identifies them as disciples who: A._______________ the authority of God’s Word Fully recognized

33 Acts 2:37 (NIV 1984) 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

34 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Characteristics: The Bible identifies them as disciples who: A._______________ the authority of God’s Word B._____________ to the teaching of the apostles Fully recognized Fully devoted

35 Acts 2:42 (NIV 1984) 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

36 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Characteristics: The Bible identifies them as disciples who: A._______________ the authority of God’s Word B._____________ to the teaching of the apostles C.______________ a unique lifestyle that draws people into the church Fully recognized Fully devoted Fully manifested

37 Acts 2:47 (NIV 1984) 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

38 Rediscover the first things about the First Church: The Power: In other words, they are “_______ ____________ ______.” Our reference point is not knowledge or decision but ___________________. fully committedinto faith in submission

39 II.The First Church is the witness of __________ ________ in worship and praise. revivedsouls

40 Acts 2:46-47 (NIV 1984) 46 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,

41 Acts 2:46-47 (NIV 1984) 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

42 A.The Perish of ________________ Worship: i._________-Oriented Worship Anthropocentric Activity

43 A.The Perish of ________________ Worship: i._________-Oriented Worship ii._________-Oriented Worship Anthropocentric Activity Emotion

44 A.The Perish of ________________ Worship: i._________-Oriented Worship ii._________-Oriented Worship iii._________-Oriented Worship Anthropocentric Activity Emotion Intellect

45 A.The Perish of ________________ Worship: i._________-Oriented Worship ii._________-Oriented Worship iii._________-Oriented Worship iv._________-Oriented Worship Anthropocentric Activity Emotion Intellect Benefit

46 B.The Promises of ______________ Worship: i._________ Is Exalted Theocentric Christ

47 Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV 1984) 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

48 Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV 1984) 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

49 Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV 1984) 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

50 B.The Promises of ______________ Worship: i._________ Is Exalted ii.________ Is Remembered Theocentric Christ Grace

51 Hebrews 2:17 (NIV 1984) 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

52 B.The Promises of ______________ Worship: i._________ Is Exalted ii.________ Is Remembered iii.“_______-ship” God’s Character In Our Behavior Theocentric Christ Grace Worth

53 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—

54 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

55 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

56 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

57 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

58 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

59 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

60 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 15 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

61 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— 18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

62 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

63 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.

64 Psalm 103 (NIV 1984) 22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

65 B.The Promises of ______________ Worship: i._________ Is Exalted ii.________ Is Remembered iii.“_______-ship” God’s Character In Our Behavior iv.Renewal Through __________ _____________ Theocentric Christ Grace Worth Spiritual Sacrifices

66 Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984) 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.

67 Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984) 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

68 C.The Power of _______ Worship: It is all the way ____ (confession)… …and all the way _______ (knees). True up down

69 Romans 14:11 (NIV 1984) 11 It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’”

70 Philippians 2:9-10 (NIV 1984) 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

71 Philippians 2:9-10 (NIV 1984) 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

72 III.The First Church is committed to _____________ ___________... “doing life together” is more than a _________. gatheringtogether tagline

73 Acts 2:42-45 (NIV 1984) 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.

74 Acts 2:42-45 (NIV 1984) 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

75 A.The First Church originates from _________ rooted in the vision of God. families

76 Acts 1:13 (NIV 1984) 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

77 A.The First Church originates from _________ rooted in the vision of God. B.The First Church originates from the “______” Ministry. families Attic

78 Acts 1:13 (NIV 1984) 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

79 A.The First Church originates from _________ rooted in the vision of God. B.The First Church originates from the “______” Ministry. C.The First Church finds _______ in the memories of new life in the Risen Lord. families Attic fusion

80 Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV 1984) 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

81 IV.The First Church finds _______ and ________ _____________ in prayer. A.Corporate Prayer unity freshencounters

82 Acts 4:32 (NIV 1984) 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

83 IV.The First Church finds _______ and ________ _____________ in prayer. A.Corporate Prayer B.Private Prayer unity freshencounters

84 Acts 10:1-8 (NIV 1984) 1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

85 Acts 10:1-8 (NIV 1984) 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

86 Acts 10:1-8 (NIV 1984) 4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.

87 Acts 10:1-8 (NIV 1984) 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”

88 Acts 10:1-8 (NIV 1984) 7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

89 Conclusion Something unique happens… We received the power!


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