Week 5.1

As we continue to look at the early church in Acts. We see a few things that sets them apart from the world. These qualities are what makes the church THRIVE. When we as a body of believers focus on these things, we cannot help but be a successful Kingdom minded congregation making a difference in the community and around the world!

We have looked at discipleship, fellowship, prayer, worship, and today we will see that the results of those leads to evangelism. When there is a recipe or a formula, you are able to predict the outcome. That is what we see in these verses that if the church has the right focus, there cannot help but attractional to unbelievers and a strong witness to those in the community.

32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. Acts 4:32-35

 What is attractional about the church?

In today’s times we do see many churches that are known for what they are against, but if we are truly seeking after God and the things he wants, we will be known for what we are FOR. We are for unity, we are for community, we are for God and the things of God.

When we are for the things of God, we will be attractional to unbelievers because they will want what we have. We have TRUE abundant life. Life that is not found in the things of the world but only found in Jesus.

True abundant life provides what we are all searching for, meaning and purpose. We want to know that we are not just living for the next paycheck but that there is something more meaningful. There is! Our purpose is to worship God. When we try to fulfill that purpose any other way, we end up feeling helpless and hopeless. As believers we can show others this abundant life by living out our worship of the one true God in our daily lives. That will be true worship and attract to those who do not have it.