Part of the Bearing Life-Fruits series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Dennis R. Wiles
August 11, 2013
Church Meets Culture, 2.0
Communities in the Culture
Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35
As Christians, how are we supposed to relate to a free, democratic, pluralistic society?
Text: Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35
What is the role of the church?
“No institution on earth is more important than the church. Conceived in the mind of God before the foundation of the earth, founded by Christ during His earthly ministry, and animated by the power of the Holy Spirit, the church is a vital part of the salvation of human beings.”
-David L. Smith, All God’s People
The church is God’s primary instrument in the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
Churches provide intentional opportunities for spiritual formation.
Churches offer opportunities for people to live in community with one another.
“Saints cannot exist without a community, as they require, like all of us, nurturance by a people who, while often unfaithful, preserve the habits necessary to learn the story of God.”
― Stanley Hauerwas
Churches provide opportunities to interact with God through worship.
Churches are communities that engage the broader culture with a Gospel witness.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (ESV)
32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (ESV)