Series: The End of the Beginning (6 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 11 and 12 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 11: The Growth of the Body
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 4:23-5:32

The church in Jerusalem grew by leaps and bounds after Pentecost. The factors behind this growth need to be examined in order that the contemporary church might evaluate the degree of growth to be expected and the amount of growth being experienced.

I. The Attitudes of the Church in Jerusalem.

A. The "prayer" attitude. 4:23 31
1. Their prayer was instinctive. vv. 23 24
2. Their prayer was submissive. v. 24
3. Their prayer was authoritative. v. 25
4. Their prayer was imaginative. v. 27
5. Their prayer was imperative. vv. 29 30
6. Their prayer was effective. v. 3

B. The "share" attitude. 4:32 37
1. The burden they shared.
2. The goals they shared. v. 32
3. The resources they shared. v. 33a
4. The grace they shared. v. 33b

C. The "dare" attitude. 5:1 32
1. They dared to confront issues. vv. 1 11
2. They dared to be controversial. vv. 12 16
3. They dared to defy authorities. vv. 17 28
4. They dared to obey God. v. 29
5. They dared to speak the truth. vv. 30 32

II. The Activities of the Church in Jerusalem.

Part 12: The Return of Christ in Glory
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Matthew 24:1-51

Faith, hope and love are crucial Christian words that describe key Christian attitudes. Hope is related to certainties concerning the future, and Christian certainties are based
on the return of Christ in glory.

I. The Promise of Christ's Return.

A. The intent of God's covenant. Romans 8:38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:7 9
B. The content of Christ's teaching. John 14:3; Revelation 22:20
C. The extent of apostolic message. Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:20 23

II. The Purpose of Christ's Return.

A. To demonstrate His glory. Matthew 24:29 31; Revelation 1:7
B. To consummate His work. Philippians 1:6; 1 John 3:1-2
C. To gather His people. 1 Corinthians 15:51 57; 1 Thessalonians 4:16 18
D. To receive His inheritance. 1 Corinthians 15:24 28; Revelation 11:15
E. To present His evaluation. 1 Corinthians 4:5, 3:13; Matthew 10:26
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