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Title: "The Seven Habits of a Healthy Church"

Text: Acts 2:42-47

Click here for the full discussion guide for this morning's sermon.

’They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.’
Acts 2:42-47

’For no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ. ‘
1 Corinthians 3:11

’And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. ‘
Matthew 16:18

The church's one Foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is His new creation,
by water and the Word;
from heaven, He came and sought her
to be His holy bride;
with His own blood, He bought her,
And for her life, He died.

The Bible must inform and define our definition of what is the church.

We can’t focus on what people want the church to be, we have to focus on what God wants it to be.

1. They were devoted to God’s word. (Acts 2:42)

’They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. ‘
Acts 2:42

’“Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ‘
Acts 2:36-38

In the first 3 chapters of Acts Peter references the Old Testament scriptures more than 20 times (Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 58:13, Amos 5:18, Ezekiel 13:5, Obadiah 15, Zephaniah 1:14, Zechariah 14:1, Malachi 4:5, Joel 2:28-32, Psalm 16:8-11, Psalm 110:1, Psalm 55:17, Isaiah 35:4-6, Psalm 51:1, 9, Isaiah 43:25, 44:22, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Genesis 12:3, 18:18, 22:18, 26:4.)  

’When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus. ‘
Acts 4:13

’He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. ‘
Luke 24:44-45

“‘He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ‘
Matthew 4:4


The church that is growing must first have a steady diet of God’s word.

2. They were devoted to fellowship. (Acts 2:42) 

’They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. ‘
Acts 2:42

It was the gospel that became the magnetic unifying force among them.  

You can’t love God and hate His bride.

“Out of our common fellowship with the Father through Jesus, we enjoy fellowship with our spiritual brothers and sisters. If people are out of fellowship with Christ, then they will be out of fellowship with the church. And if people are out of fellowship with Jesus’ people, that is an indicator that they may be out of fellowship with Jesus.” - Tony Merida

3. They were devoted to remembering. (Acts 2:42)

’They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. ‘
Acts 2:42

“Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” - John Newton
When the church begins to forget, it begins to fight.

When we linger at the foot of the cross, we won’t lose our focus.

4. They were devoted to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

’They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. ‘
Acts 2:42

“Prayer is our Christian duty. It is an expression of submission to God and dependence upon Him. For that matter, prayer is arguably the most objective measurement of our dependence upon God. Think of it this way. The things you pray about are the things you trust God to handle. The things you neglect to pray about are the things you trust you can handle on your own.” - H. B. Charles

Praying acknowledges our dependence upon God to move among us.  

“Beloved brethren, let us pray. We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders, but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer. I would sooner see you eloquent with God than with men. Prayer links us with the Eternal, the Omnipotent, the Infinite, and hence it is our chief resort. . . Be sure that you are with God, and then you may be sure that God is with you.” - C.H. Spurgeon

When our work is done by our hands we will get what we can do which when it comes to the eternal and spiritual is absolutely nothing. But when we pray, we will get what only the Spirit can bring which is life and power and witness!

5. They were devoted to generosity (Acts 2:44-45)

’Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. ‘
Acts 2:44-45

Communism says what’s yours is mine, Christianity says what’s mine is yours.

Giving is a sign of spiritual growth.

6. They were devoted to community. (Acts 2:46)

’Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, ‘
Acts 2:46

Community is never perfect, but it is perfecting.

7. They were devoted to replication (Acts 2:47)

’praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.’
Acts 2:47

’Peter and John answered them, “Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” ‘
Acts 4:19-20

Discussion Questions to consider for this week's life group:

  1. The first of the 7 habits of a healthy church is they were devoted to God’s word. Why is God’s word so important when it comes to how and why we do church? Why is it important when it comes to how we live our lives?
  2. What was it that was the basis of the fellowship of the early church? Why is that so important to our witness and how the world around us perceives us?
  3. Why does God command us to remember Him? Why is remembering something like the Lord's supper essential to our unity as a body?
  4. Of these 7 habits, prayer is likely the most difficult. Why is it so difficult for us to pray? Why is praying so important for the Christian life?
  5. There is a connection to generosity and spiritual growth. How does being generous reflect a life that is growing in faith?
  6. Why is community so important as it relates to our spiritual walk? Consider Hebrews 10:25
  7. In the early church, the mission mattered more than anything else. Do you think the church does a good job of this today? What are some things that can distract our focus as a church from the mission of the church of replicating faith in the lives of others.

Walking Points:

How would you grade your devotion to these things. Would you consider yourself tenaciously devoted to these things?

  1. God’s word
  2. Fellowship
  3. Remembering
  4. Prayer
  5. Generosity
  6. Community
  7. Replication

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