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What Makes a Great Church





What Makes a Great Church

Acts 2:41-47


United Christian Church

2851 Sevier Road

Marietta – NY 13110


Sermon Notes On Website



January 7th, 2018



Bulletin Front Cover: Isaiah 60:1

The Glory of Zion

60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.


Inside Cover : 1 Chronicles 16:10-11

10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Call to Worship : 1 Chronicles 16:8-12

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,


Songs of Praise – STEP BY STEP


Today’s Sermon – What makes a Great Church Acts 2:41-47


41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.



Opening Thoughts by Pastor Hal


Introduction: I am convinced when the 7 characteristics of the early Church mention in these verses 2:41-47 are put into practice, and our evident in our lives; then God will use us to build a great Church that bring glory and honor to him.


[-] A Great Church Emphasizes Learning God’s Word and Will Acts 2:42, Matthew 28:16-20


                [---] Teaching Church – New Believers were taught the Word


Matthew 28:16-20 - The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


 [-] A Great Church Experiences Great FellowshipActs 2:42, Matthew 22:36-40


                [---] Fellowship and Closeness with one another

                [---] Sharing and Caring for each other

                [---] There Love for God carried over to each other


Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) - 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


[-] A Great Church Includes CommunionActs 2:42, John 3:16


                [---] Breaking of Bread

                [---] Reminder of God’s Covenant to his people


John 3:16 (NIV) : 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.



 [-] A Great Church Includes Constant and Consistent Prayer


                [---] Draw upon God’s Strength - Pray


 Acts 2:42, Matthew 14:23, Matthew 19:13, Mark 11:25, Luke 6:12


Mark 11:21-25 (NIV) – Prayer : 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[a] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”


Matthew 18:19 (NIV)

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.



[-] A Great Church Has A Heart for Giving and SharingActs 2:44-45, Luke 6:38, Matthew 25:42-43


                [---] Fellowship


Luke 6:38 (NIV)

38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”



[-] A Great Church is filled with JoyActs 2:46-47


                [---] A Great Church is filled with JOY


Additional Thoughts That Pastor Hal Expressed


[-] The Roman Empire surrendered to the Christian Church 

[-]  Are we fulfilling God's Commission for Us



O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

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