Healthy Christians      MAKEHealthy Churches
Pieces of the First ChurchHealthy Christians Bond Themselvesto Other Christians in Love to Create      Christian Communities
Acts 2:40 And            with many other words he bore witnessand continued to exhort them, saying, “Saveyourselves from t...
45And they were selling their possessions andbelongings and distributing the proceeds to all, asany had need. 46 And day b...
Pieces of the First Church   Jewish   International   Immature   Needy   Instant Mega-Church   Threatened   Decentr...
How did they Survive?42And they devoted themselves…(KJV) Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly…(WUEST) And they were gi...
How did they Survive?42And they devoted themselves…(KJV) Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly…(WUEST) And they were gi...
How did they Survive?Devoted Themselves to What?    Apostles Teaching – Absorbed everything    they could about Christ and...
How did they Survive?Devoted Themselves to What?    Fellowship - The word fellowship in the Greek    is koinonia, which st...
How did they Survive?
How did they Survive?   What Fellowship Isn’t
How did they Survive?"Be at peace with each other" (Mark 9:50)."Wash one anothers feet" (John 13:14)."Love one another" (J...
How did they Survive?"Instruct one another" (Romans 15:14)."When you come together to eat, wait for each other"(1 Corinthi...
How did they Survive?"Be patient, bearing with one another in love"(Ephesians 4:2)."Be kind and compassionate to one anoth...
How did they Survive?"Do not lie to each other" (Colossians 3:9)."Bear with each other" (Colossians 3:13)."Forgive whateve...
How did they Survive?"Encourage one another daily" (Hebrews 3:13)."Spur one another on toward love and good deeds"(Hebrews...
How did they Survive?"Each one should use whatever gift he has received toserve others" (1 Peter 4:10)."Clothe yourselves ...
How did they Survive?Devoted Themselves to What?    Breaking Bread – Two types of meals are    included     1. Communion –...
How did they Survive?Devoted Themselves to What?    The Prayers – They prayed together whenever    they met and they went ...
How did they Survive?Landuma Church in Guinea W. Africa
How did they Survive?What Character Traits Did the Church Have?1. Awe2. Manifest Power of God3. Needs Met4. Sunday Spilled...
Heb 10:23 Let            us hold fast the confession of our hopewithout wavering, for he who promised is faithful.24 And l...
Pieces of the First ChurchHealthy Christians Bond Themselvesto Other Christians in Love to Create      Christian Communities
Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship
Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship
Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship
Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship
Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship
Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship
Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship
Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship
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Healthy Christians Make Healthy Churches - Fellowship

  1. 1. Healthy Christians MAKEHealthy Churches
  2. 2. Pieces of the First ChurchHealthy Christians Bond Themselvesto Other Christians in Love to Create Christian Communities
  3. 3. Acts 2:40 And with many other words he bore witnessand continued to exhort them, saying, “Saveyourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 Sothose who received is word were baptized, andthere were added that day about three thousandsouls. 42 And they devoted themselves to theapostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to thebreaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awecame upon every soul, and many wonders andsigns were being done through the apostles.44 And all who believed were together and had allthings in common.
  4. 4. 45And they were selling their possessions andbelongings and distributing the proceeds to all, asany had need. 46 And day by day, attending thetemple together and breaking bread in theirhomes, they received their food with glad andgenerous hearts, 47 praising God and having favorwith all the people. And the Lord added to theirnumber day by day those who were being saved.
  5. 5. Pieces of the First Church Jewish International Immature Needy Instant Mega-Church Threatened Decentralized – Fragmented Green Leadership
  6. 6. How did they Survive?42And they devoted themselves…(KJV) Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly…(WUEST) And they were giving constant attentionDevoted = to continue to do something withintense effort, despite difficulty—‘to devoteoneself to, to keep on, to persist in’Voluntary Action – They / Themselves
  7. 7. How did they Survive?42And they devoted themselves…(KJV) Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly…(WUEST) And they were giving constant attentionDevoted = to continue to do something withintense effort, despite difficulty—‘to devoteoneself to, to keep on, to persist in’ Like…. “Creating the Perfect Wheel of Cheese” “Patiently Churning Butter”
  8. 8. How did they Survive?Devoted Themselves to What? Apostles Teaching – Absorbed everything they could about Christ and His life and teaching. How About You? – Are You Devoted and Persistent in Your Study of Jesus Christ? Are You Energetically Pursuing Christ? How Does Your Pursuit of the Knowledge of Christ Compare with Other Pursuits in Your Life?
  9. 9. How did they Survive?Devoted Themselves to What? Fellowship - The word fellowship in the Greek is koinonia, which stemming from it’s root word koinos, means to participate in a common relationship, event, or belief. It means that two or more people hold something in common in view of a mutual benefit. Fellowship is the idea of a continuous relationship between people. Fellowship is a continuing experience.
  10. 10. How did they Survive?
  11. 11. How did they Survive? What Fellowship Isn’t
  12. 12. How did they Survive?"Be at peace with each other" (Mark 9:50)."Wash one anothers feet" (John 13:14)."Love one another" (John 13:34)."Love each other" (John 15:17)."Be devoted to one another in brotherly love"(Romans 12:10)."Honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10)."Live in harmony with one another" (Romans 12:16)."Stop passing judgment on one another" (Romans 14:13)."Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you"(Romans 15:7).
  13. 13. How did they Survive?"Instruct one another" (Romans 15:14)."When you come together to eat, wait for each other"(1 Corinthians 11:33)."Have equal concern for each other" (1 Corinthians 12:25)."Greet one another with a holy kiss" (1 Corinthians 16:20)."Serve one another in love" (Galatians 5:13)."If you keep on biting and devouring each other you willbe destroyed by each other" (Galatians 5:15)."Let us not become conceited, provoking and envyingeach other" (Galatians 5:26)."Carry each others burdens" (Galatians 6:2).
  14. 14. How did they Survive?"Be patient, bearing with one another in love"(Ephesians 4:2)."Be kind and compassionate to one another"(Ephesians 4:32)."Forgiving each other" (Ephesians 4:32)."Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritualsongs" (Ephesians 5:19)."Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ"(Ephesians 5:21)."In humility consider others better than yourselves"(Philippians 2:3).
  15. 15. How did they Survive?"Do not lie to each other" (Colossians 3:9)."Bear with each other" (Colossians 3:13)."Forgive whatever grievances you may have against oneanother" (Colossians 3:13)."Teach [one another]" (Colossians 3:16)."Admonish one another" (Colossians 3:16)."Make your love increase and overflow for each other"(1 Thessalonians 3:12)."Love each other" (1 Thessalonians 4:9)."Encourage one another" (1 Thessalonians 5:11)."Build each other up" (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
  16. 16. How did they Survive?"Encourage one another daily" (Hebrews 3:13)."Spur one another on toward love and good deeds"(Hebrews 10:24)."Do not slander one another" (James 4:11)."Dont grumble against each other" (James 5:9)."Confess your sins to each other" (James 5:16)."Pray for each other" (James 5:16)."Love one another deeply, from the heart" (1 Peter 1:22)."Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling"(1 Peter 4:9).
  17. 17. How did they Survive?"Each one should use whatever gift he has received toserve others" (1 Peter 4:10)."Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another”(1 Peter 5:5). How About You? Do You Treat other Christians like Immediate Family? Are You Mentoring Younger People? Are You Intentionally Meeting with Other Christians – Regularly?
  18. 18. How did they Survive?Devoted Themselves to What? Breaking Bread – Two types of meals are included 1. Communion – the Lord’s Table 2. Love Feast – 1 Century Pot-lucks There is a power in sharing food with one another
  19. 19. How did they Survive?Devoted Themselves to What? The Prayers – They prayed together whenever they met and they went to the Temple for the Daily Prayers. How About You? Do you eat with others regularly and pray together often? Who do you pray with?
  20. 20. How did they Survive?Landuma Church in Guinea W. Africa
  21. 21. How did they Survive?What Character Traits Did the Church Have?1. Awe2. Manifest Power of God3. Needs Met4. Sunday Spilled into the Week5. Thanks and Gratitude6. Praise of God7. Community Blessing8. Salvation
  22. 22. Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hopewithout wavering, for he who promised is faithful.24 And let us consider how to stir up one another tolove and good works, 25 not neglecting to meettogether, as is the habit of some, but encouragingone another, and all the more as you see the Daydrawing near.
  23. 23. Pieces of the First ChurchHealthy Christians Bond Themselvesto Other Christians in Love to Create Christian Communities

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