Day by day. The lives of ordinary men and women were being powerfully transformed.
- Transformation began with conviction (Acts 2:37).
- Conviction produced devotion (Acts 2:42).
- Devotion was fueled by awe (Acts 2:43).
- Fellowship with God and each other powerfully shaped everyday life (Acts 2:42-47).
Where does this ancient “newborn picture” of the Lord’s church ultimately lead? Evangelism. The sharing of good news. Evangelism involves four things:
- Good news (Acts 3:12-26; 8:25, 40; 14:6-7, 21; 20:24)
- Someone to share (Acts 4:20; 5:42; 8:1, 4; 14:15; 15:35; 26:16-18)
- Someone to hear (Acts 3:11; 5:14; 6:7; 8:12, 30-31; 10:24)
- The act of sharing (Acts 8:35; 13:32-33; 14:6-7; 17:1-3; 24:25; 28:30-31)
Evangelism is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the aim of persuading someone else to respond to God’s offer of grace.
- “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15)
- “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19)
…in order that men and women might be…
- Convicted by the good news
- Devoted to the good news
- Moved to worship and serve in awe of the Author of the good news
- Bound together in fellowship by the good news
- Sharers of the good news
“And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)
This sermon was delivered on February 14, 2016.