by Stuart Briscoe

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


Part 7: Is Worship Real?
Series: What To Look For In A Church
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 2:46-47

Jesus said "worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth" (or, spirit-inspired and real -John 4:24). For the early church that included being "together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God, and enjoying the favor of all the people."

I. Real Worship Is God-Centered-"Praising God."

A. Real worship: a product of revelation.
1. The revelation of God as Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler. Psalm 100

2. The revelation of God as faithful, just, and steadfast in love. Psalm 9

3. The revelation of "God in Christ" as Savior and Lord. Revelation 5

B. Real worship: an expression of appreciation.
1. Appreciation expressed in attitude.
a. Worship = "proskyneo" = "kiss towards."

b. "Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel." Psalm 95:6

2. Appreciation expressed in articulation.
a. Prayers of thanksgiving and doxology. Romans 11:33f

b. Praise in "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs." Colossians 3:16

3. Appreciation expressed in action.


Part 8: Is Outreach Effective?
Series: What To Look For In A Church
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 2:47

Having discovered that Jesus was the Savior of the world, the early Christians promptly embarked on the massive project of outreach to the world-with remarkable results!

I. The Obligation of Outreach. Romans 1:14

A. Contributing to the coming of the Kingdom. Matthew 6:10

B. Participating in the proclamation of the truth. Acts 4:12

C. Carrying out the commission to make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20

II. The Objective of Outreach. Acts 2:47

A. The salvation of the lost-"the saved."

B. The integration of the saved-"added."

III. The Operation of Outreach.

A. A matter of divine activity.
1. It is the Lord who "saves." See Acts 3:26

2. It is the Lord who "adds." See Acts 5:13-14

B. A matter of human agency. Acts 4:23 31
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