Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus saves His church and gives them grace to live a new life, for his glory, empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). Jesus started building His church 7,000 miles from Oklahoma, around 2,000 years ago as we see in the book of Acts, and He is still building it the same way today. Jesus builds His church with regenerated members and called and qualified leaders. In obedience to the Bible, they gather regularly for preaching and worship, scatter regularly for Bible study, meals, and prayer, they are united in the gospel by the Holy Spirit, they observe the sacraments of communion and baptism, and they are serious about holiness. Furthermore, they live as missionaries to the world by being serious about the Great Commandment (to love God and man) and the Great Commission (to make disciples of all nations), for God’s glory and their joy.
ACTS 2:37-41 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from thiscrooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together andbreaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Q.1 Was there anything from Sunday’s sermon or the big idea that was new to you or had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind?
Q.2 What part(s) of Acts 2:37-47 stood out to you the most and why? How did these new Christians live such lives of self-sacrifice, holiness, and gospel-telling? How can we?
Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus said that He would build His Church, and we must understand that He builds it how He wants to, revealing His will to us through His Spirit and His word. In the Bible, there are at least 9 things we see as Jesus builds His church.
Q.3 Which of them stood out to you the most and why? *Read the passage of Scripture if possible.
Q.4 Discuss how great it is that as regular people we are very different, but as Christians we have so much in common and are a family. Do you think of your local church as a family that you live life with?
In the sermon, Pastor Brett said, “We believe the gospel needs to be taken everywhere, and we believe that healthy, Bible-loving, gospel-believing, Jesus-exalting Churches need to be planted everywhere. So, I want you all to see yourselves as Church-Planters. Not necessarily as Pastors or Deacons, but as Senders who support financially or Goers who would be foundational members in a new Church-plant.”
Q.5 Discuss the command that we are all called to “Make disciples of all nations…” and how that has to do with planting Churches.
In the sermon, Pastor Brett asked if anyone is sensing Jesus’ call to be a Pastor or Deacon.
Q.6 Are you sensing a call to put your gifts to use to lead or serve in some form of ministry in the Church? If so, what?