Series: Key Words Of The Early Church (4 of 5) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Part 7: Partnership
Series: Key Words Of The Early Church
Stuart Briscoe

The Early Church soon discovered that it was the means of achieving the Divine end-the channel of Divine activity. Involvement in God's program and partnership in God's purposes demanded continued contact in prayer with God and each other.

I. The Practice of Prayer.

A. It was sown in the Conversion of the Christian.

B. It was rooted in the teaching of Christ.

C. It grew in the fellowship of the Church.

D. It blossomed in the pressures of Christianity.

II. The Place of Prayer.

A. Time of Discovery. Acts 1:14

B. Time of Decision. Acts 2:34

C. Time of Devotion. Acts 3:1

D. Time of Difficulty. Acts 4:24

E. Time of Deepening. Acts 6:4

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Part 8: Stewardship
Series: Key Words Of The Early Church
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 2:44-45; Acts 4:32-37

The Church in Jerusalem formed itself into a community, the economic structure of which was quite remarkable. The pattern was not followed in subsequent churches, but the principles involved remain immensely valuable to all understanding of contemporary stewardship. Their stewardship was characterized by:

I. Spiritual Attitude.

A. To the Lord-lit. "The believing ones?" v. 44

B. To the Believers-v. 44 "They were together."
"One heart and one Soul"

C. To their Possessions-"things, possessions and goods." vv. 44-45
"Houses and lands"-they no longer regarded these as their own. 4:34; 4:32

See Genesis 14:20; Matthew 6:19, 21, 33; Luke 6:30, 12:15; Acts 20:35

II. Sacrificial Activity. vv. 45, 4:32 35

A. They recognized need.

B. They related to the needy. cf. Luke 10:31 33

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