Ten Keys To Explosive Church Growth: Acts 2:40-47

ACTS 2:40-47

INTRO: 
  • PENTECOST
  • COMING AND FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • THE BOLDNESS OF PETER AND HIS SERMON
1.) V. 40-41: Saved and Baptized believers
  • Be saved (delivered) from this perverse (warped, crooked) generation (Israel, the Chief Priests, the Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, those who did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah and had Him put to death.)
  • Were baptized (Baptizo from Bapto: means Whelm or to be immersed completely in water…i.e. fully wet)
2.) V. 40,42: Continued devotedly or steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine
  • The Word of God is taught. It is preached and teached. It is…
    • Solemnly Testified: attest to or to protest earnestly
    • Exhorted: to call near, to invite, to implore
3.) V. 42,44, 45: Fellowship = KOINONIA: Means Partnership, Participation
  • They were together and had ALL THINGS IN COMMON
  • They shared resources: Partitioned thoroughly to all
  • And they shared in the ministry
4.) The Breaking of Bread
  • V. 42: The Lords Table: Celebrated during a full meal (the reason the church came together on the first day of the week –Acts 20:7)
  • V. 46: “From house to house they shared food”
5.) V. 42: Prayer (worship) both individual and corporate especially

6.) Continued Steadfastly
  • V. 42: Earnest towards, Constantly diligent, earnest towards, Adhered closely (to these things)
  • V. 46: Continued Daily or day by day
    • In the Temple (entire church gathering)
    • House to house (smaller groups)
7.) V. 46: One Accord or One Mind or UNANIMOUS (i.e. there was no division)

8.) V. 46: Gladness & Sincerity or Simplicity of heart
  • Gladness = “AGALLIASIS” meaning Exuberant Joy, Jump for Joy, Rejoice Greatly
  • Simplicity = Smoothness
  • They were excited about what God had done for them and they were in awe of it!
9.) Praising God

10.) Having FAVOR with ALL People
  • “Charis” = Graciousness, A Manner of Act, Divine Influence upon the (believers) heart and its Reflection in life
EQUALS: THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED! EXPLOSIVE CHURCH GROWTH!!!!