The Church: Mission Impossible

Acts 4.32-5.11

  • A. Master the Basic Message (Acts 3.12-21; 4.5-12)
    • We must own what we did to Jesus (3.12-15)
    • We must give Jesus the credit (3.15-16)
    • We must be gracious and understanding (3.17-18)
    • We must emphasize repentance (3.19)
    • We must point people to the future Kingdom & judgment (3.20-21)
    • We must not be intimidated (4.5-10)
    • We must emphasize that Jesus is THE Way (4.11-12)
  • B. Keep the Mission Paramount (Acts 4.32-5.11)
    • Keep unity of heart and soul with each other (4.32)
    • Emphasize God’s grace and the resurrection of Christ (4.33)
    • Meet each other’s needs.  It’s a powerful testimony! (4.34-37)
    • Stop playing games.  This really is life and death! (5.1-11)
    • Lessons learned from Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5.1-11)
    • Duplicity kills. Sometimes literally
    • The mission of the church is paramount.  It can be life or death
    • We must integrate both a missional and a therapeutic approach
    • But as long as we are on earth, the mission is paramount.
    • GET BACK IN THE GAME
    • Integrating Missional and Therapeutic (Mission versus relationship)

 

  • C. Speak Truth to Power (Acts 5.29-39)
    • Keep God first (5.29)
    • Be bold, but focus on the essentials (5.30-32)
    • Don’t expect the powerful to like you (5.33)
    • Pray for a Gamaliel in positions of power (5.34-39)