by Rick White

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Mission Impossible Starts in the Heart (1 of 7)
Series: Seven Step Strategy To A Biblically Functional Community
Rick White
Acts 2:40-47

Message Truth: The first step in building a Biblically functional community is to develop a heart for, and build a relationship to a lost person in order to be salt in their world and influence them through a Christian lifestyle that is credible.

(Acts 2:40-47 NASB) And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" {41} So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls. {42} And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. {43} And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. {44} And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; {45} and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. {46} And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, {47} praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Introduction: In this passage one sees the pattern which became normative for Christianity. People heard and received the word of God; they followed this with confession and public baptism; then they united in the fellowship of the church, continued in the apostles' doctrine, remained in fellowship with the brethren, and frequently observed the Lord's Supper and prayer as a part of responsible church life.

Church membership was a privilege granted to those who had experienced genuine conversion followed by believer's baptism. Such membership is indeed a ...

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