Acts 4:32-33 “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart & soul, & no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, & great grace was upon them all.”
Jn 17:20-23 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in Me, & I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. The glory that you have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one, I in them & you in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me & loved them even as you loved Me.”
Mt 28:18-20 “And Jesus came & said to them, “All authority in heaven & on earth has been given to me. Go therefore & make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The church has many functions and benefits, many blessings and connections, but only one reason for existence rooted in one main purpose – to win the world for Jesus Christ. The church must have a clear understanding of her purpose, & without knowing the purpose, the church will not have the foundation, motivation, direction, or unity needed to be the church of Christ. She will be scattered, & members will establish their own ideas & direction for the church. This sermon addresses the missing link to “great power” and “great grace” expressed in the opening text in Acts 4:32-33.
It’s time to get focused; it’s time to regroup and behave like the church of God. In this COVID situation, and as we drift towards the post COVID era, we make a decision as to how we will proceed – status quo, or biblical! We need to chose.