Posted by: missionventureministries | January 10, 2019

HOW TO IDENTIFY A TRUE CHURCH – Acts 2:42-47

It is vital to have humble godly leaders who teach people to live a holy life and reinforce those teachings by living honest, humble and holy lives themselves. “Be doers of the word and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).

First, the Scriptures are the foundation for everything in the church and they must be taught accurately and without deviation. It needs to be a church that prioritizes in biblical expository teaching and preaching the truth of God’s Word.

The most effective way to build disciples over time is called expository preaching and teaching. Expository means to go verse by verse, paragraph by paragraph and chapter by chapter in order to teach, explain and apply the meanings of the Scriptures.

Only a church that knows the Bible can hope of having a church that pleases Christ!

Second, a church that humbly praises God through song and worship. Where people are filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:18-19).

True spiritual songs are composed, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, for the purpose of bringing worshipers into the throne room of heaven. Hymns were written to teach great biblical truth; and contemporary worship songs that follow those guidelines can offer this as well.

There should be a reverential joy when singing and worshiping the Lord.

Third, a church that prays develops intimacy with God. Very few times, if any, does the Bible record Paul praying for someone to be healed; however, he prayed often for the human spirit to be matured: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being… And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power… to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19).

We as the invisible church of God need to pray for and with others. This is important because research shows that and astonishing 98 percent of all Christians fail to lead anyone to Christ.

Fourth, a church where people tithe regularly and give generously. Tithing and giving are part of worshiping God. It is more than giving money for things that appear to be material. The believer needs to realize that he is giving back to God what He provided for them. They should be grateful to be able to help the church grow and to help other in need.

Fifth, a church where fellowship permeates the believers. When the church first was birthed at Pentecost, after Peter addressed the crowds we read where the fellowship of new Christians began to devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47).

Fellowship involves pouring our lives into teaching and helping others.

Sixth, a church that focuses on helping hurting people by feeding and taking care of their sheep. Jesus taught Peter a valuable lesson after he had denied Him three time; and motivated him to love others when he told him: “Feed my lambs…Take care of my sheep…Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-18).

We need to remember that a church that loves God is hated by Satan, therefore, the body of believers needs to be alert and of sober mind because the enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

As a result, the church needs to teach that every area of our lives that is not surrendered fully to the Holy Spirit is open to attack by Satan.

Fortunately, God has given us every tool necessary to be victorious in spiritual warfare. In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul describes the spiritual armor necessary to find victory. And James 4:7 tells us: “Submit to God; resist the devil; and he will flee from you.”

Therefore, as Paul taught his congregation that, in view of God’s mercy, to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1). This is what every true Christian should do as well.

And we should never be lacking in zeal, but keep our spiritual fervor, serving the Lord (Romans 12:11).

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  1. I love these principles and at the heart of what you are saying is the nature of the body of ?Christ that dares to disciple the people of God! When our hearts are centered in Christ and we have the mindset that we are to know Him fully then carrying out these tasks listed above will not only make up the body of Christ more appealing to the lost world, it will make us better.


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