Sermon Notes

Acts 2:42-The Blueprint for an Unstoppable Church

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

There is a key word repeated in that early snapshot, and it’s the word DEVOTED.

There is a key word repeated in that early snapshot, and it’s the word DEVOTED.

    o Devoted: to give all or a large part of one's time or resources to a person, activity, or cause

    o I think it’s the key to Northview’s success for 50 years….DEVOTED

For 50 Years Northview has been DEVOTED to Jesus

Above all, Northview has stayed devoted to Jesus

The head of the church is Jesus

    o That means every pastor that stands on this stage serves Jesus.

Every pastor is an interim pastor. They serve as long as God calls/allows them to.

Every leader in God’s kingdom is replaceable…except one.

As the NT opens John the Baptist emerges as God’s leading man…until the day comes when he meets Jesus.

    John 3:30 “He must become greater, I must become less.”

The first church showed their devotion by regularly gathering together for:

    o Teaching – Learn from Jesus closest followers

    o Worship – Praise Jesus

    o Prayer – Talk to Jesus

For 50 Years Northview has been DEVOTED to One Another

Acts 2 says They devoted themselves to “the fellowship”

The believers were devoted to fellowship. That word has become overused in Christian circles; we use it so much we hardly remember what it means. The original Greek word for fellowship was koinonia, which meant "to hold something in common" or "to share something."

What we see in Acts 2 is the ideal design of God for belonging to Him and to one another. One of the things that made it so special was the level of devotion people had to God’s design. It was the same devotion the disciples had to Jesus when they lived with him for three years, and it’s the same devotion that we have to opportunity to have today.

Since the beginning of time, there has always been a dream in the heart of God—a dream to see people from different walks of life, from different backgrounds, from different ethnicities coming together to discover authentic relationship with Him and with one another!

For 50 Years Northview has been DEVOTED to God’s Work in the World

Acts 2:47-And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved

Jesus’ Bold Strategy: “You will be my Witnesses”

Rather than go on tour, Jesus left the job of spreading the good news to the world. They had no internet, satellite, printing presses, telephones, computers or degrees. They only had one thing: Conviction. Conviction that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead happened and that it had eternal implications.

God uses Ordinary People to change eternity

Invitation: What your next step?

The most important decision you will ever make is the decision to ACCEPT Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Another crucial decision is to embrace the fact You were designed by God to belong to him AND to one another through the Church

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