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Recipe for an Affective Church

And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

Acts 2:4
When we put out signs and run ads for our church we are saying “Look on Us.” We had better have something for them to see.

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.


Acts 2

 

Here is the recipe:



1) Be in the Spirit of God. This is not a one time event but an on going life. We must be founded in the Spirit and guided by the Spirit in order to do any thing for God. We must understand that it is our job to be ambassadors for Christ, our job to witness and show the world Jesus.
2) Be founded in the Bible “42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine” With out the Bible we don’t really know what God wants from us. The Bible is God’s instruction book to us. “Doctrine” means teachings. The apostles’ teachings were recorded in the Bible for us to learn from.

3) Unity “and fellowship, and in breaking of bread,” We must have a mission. We will achieve nothing if we are each going for a different goal. We must be united in our work. We must all have the same vision. Fellowship is the mutual sharing of interest. Breaking of bread is communion, the sign of covenant, a solemn agreement. We must each understand submission. Submission is knowing our place in the work and walking in our calling. Getting outside our calling is rebellion.

4) Prayer “and in prayers.” Jesus did not teach his disciples how to preach, teach, sing, or witness. He taught them how to pray.




  • “Our Father Who art in Heaven” –Know who you are talking to.

    • “Hallowed be Thy Name.” –Praise God. You can use Psalms, Isaiah 9:6, the names of God, or just your own heart to praise Him with.
    • “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” –Ask for God’s will in your home, block, neighborhood, city, state, country. Ask for His kingdom to come into your life and the lives of those around you.
    • “Give us this day our daily bread” –Ask for your needs and the needs of others to be filled but you don’t need to harp on them since God already knows.
    • “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” It’s OK to ask to be protected form temptation. Ask this for you children and loved ones, too.
    • “For Thine is the kingdom and the glory and the power forever.” –Praise and honor God again.
    • “Amen.” –So be it. Let it happen.
    5. Generosity
    “44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

    45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”

    The church does not need to preach about money for her own sake since God will always supply, but not talking about money robs people of blessings.

    Tithe means 10%. It is as if God handed you $100 on the agreement you give Him back $10. It is the acknowledgement that it is all His anyway; He is the source of all things good.

    Offerings are a way to show God how much we love Him and His work. It is a way to take care of others.

    6. Thankfulness
    “46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

    47 Praising God,”
    Praise begins with thankfulness which is the opposite of complaining. The Bible tells us to be thankful in all things. We can not praise God unless we are thankful for all things. Begin by focusing on the good and refusing to dwell on or complain about the bad. See the above recommendations for praise.

    7. Focus on people. “and having favor with all the people.” People associate with people they like and we need to be part of people’s lives. We need to really listen to them. We need to really care about their lives.

    But unfortunately, we can’t help everyone. We need to ask God to put us in the paths of those we really can help and to help us see them.

    Results: “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
    Remember that all types of Babies are messy and noisy and don’t know anything. We have to learn how to handle babies. Church growth causes problems.
    It’s messy.

    But it’s worth it.