SUNDAY June 4th, 2023
“STRANGLERS or WRANGLERS”
Acts 2:42 - 47
INTRODUCTION: Dr. Luke gives us a glimpse of a church filled with “Wranglers.” A sense of excitement, love and purpose permeated every meeting. They ate together and worshipped together. They experienced unity, and the results were truly amazing. Wouldn’t it be great to recapture the enthusiasm and energy of that early church! Wouldn’t it be great to have that same kind of love and harmony! Let’s look at some of the things that made that first church so alive, so powerful. How was it that they were “Wranglers” and not “Stranglers”?
l. THE EARLY CHURCH WAS A TEACHING CHURCH.
A. The early Christians needed to listen to the first-hand knowledge about Jesus.
B. We need a point of reference today, and we have it in the Scriptures.
ll. THE EARLY CHURCH WAS A PRAYING CHURCH.
A. The early church was fueled by prayer.
B. What would happen in our church if everyone agreed to pray daily for our church family?
lll. THE EARLY CHURCH WAS A SHARING CHURCH.
A. The saddest people in this world are people who never discover the joy of giving.
B. A church thrives when it knows how to share.
lV. THE EARLY CHURCH WAS A FOCUSED CHURCH.
A. In Christ the early church found its life.
B. We must fix our gaze on Jesus Christ.