TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN TRINITY
November 4, 2017
SUB-THEME/6: EVIDENCES OF A HEALED LAND.
TOPIC: Growth of t/he Church
TEXT: Act 2:41-47
AIM: To understand
1. the nature and means of divine pull of persons into the church;
2. what the persons seek or do in the church when they come;
3. how the growth further enhanced the health of the society.
It is not pleasing to say there is life in a congregation where the membership continues to dwindle. The numerical growth of the Church of God is a yardstick to judge the spiritual health of the Church. Living things grow, reproduce themselves. All living organisms-animals and social organisations alike, share these traits. When a man is truly regenerated or born again, he tends to seek for spiritual nourishment. This is what the real life in Christ creates in a man. We commend this study to God to enable us have a hunger for the growth of our congregations.
1. How were these crowds brought into the church/Christ? Matt 4:23-25; Acts 8:12, 13; I Cor. 1:18, 21; 2:4.
2. What were the major factors responsible for the physical and spiritual growth of the early Church (Act 2:41-47)? Cf. Act 5:12-16; 11:22-24.
3. a. What did these crowds seek in the church; Were they right or wrong in doing so? John 1:35-45; 6:1-2, 26; 12:20-22.
b. Compare their intentions with those of people who flock our churches today. Matt 13:25; Gal 2:4; John 6:26, 27.
4. How will the growth of the Church enhance the health of our society? Act 6:1-7; Matt 5:13-16.
The relevance of the Church to the healing of a morally, economically and politically sick society depends on the growth of its members both in the value of the word of God and the numerical strength of genuine converts through the Word. Therefore, Christians must show the light and live as children of light.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
The genuineness of the gospel and the evangelists determine the physical, spiritual, economic and political health of a nation