by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 9 and 10 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

Part 9: The Birth of the Body
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 2:36-42

The Lord Jesus had clearly stated His intention to build His church, and on the Day of Pentecost He made dramatic strides towards the fulfillment of His goal. The church at Jerusalem became suddenly the prototype of the church, which would eventually be found in every corner of the globe. The people who constituted this church had experiences from which we must learn.

I. The Convincing of Their Minds. v. 37a

A. They heard the message.
B. They received (lit. welcomed) its content.
C. They believed Jesus is Lord and Christ.

II. The Convicting of Their Consciences. v. 37b

A. The truth touched a sensitive nerve.
B. They saw the wonder of Christ.
C. They understood the immensity of their error.

III. The Concern of Their Questions. v. 37c

A. Knowledge led to conviction.
B. Conviction demanded action.
C. Action required clarification.

IV. The Conversion of Their Ways. v. 38


Part 10: The Life of the Body
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 2:42-47

Babies are born to live. So are churches. The life of the former requires good food, fresh air and plenty of exercise. The life of the latter requires the food of teaching, the air of worship and the exercise of service. The infant church of Acts clearly understood this.

I. The Good Food of Teaching.

A. Continuation in teaching. v. 42
1. An appetite had been stimulated.
2. A discipline had been accepted.

B. Concentration on teaching.
1. Because of its authority.
2. Because of its solemnity.
3. Because of its intensity.

C. Consequences of teaching.
1. Physical attendance.
2. Mental effort.
3. Spiritual discernment.
4. Moral courage.

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