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..The nature of a healthy church (part 2)

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..The nature of a healthy church (part 2)
Page 2. A Healthy church is a praying church
Page 3. A healthy church is a powerful church
Page 4. A healthy church is a loving church
Page 5. A healthy church is a joyful church
Page 6. A healthy church is a growing church
Page 7. Conclusion
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Acts 2:41-47 (NIV) 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he 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.

During this first part of the sermon in looking at the nature or the marks of a healthy church, we saw in the first place that a healthy church is made up of redeemed people. Secondly, we saw that true believers are committed to being taught the Scriptures as they were devoted to the apostles teaching. There was effort from their side. A pastor/teacher can be well prepared and put a lot of planning into teaching the Word of God. But if believers do not plan to grow, all the preparation has no impact. Thirdly we saw that they were committed to fellowship. It is not two fellows in a ship who are forced into communion with each other but all individuals in Christ that due to our bond in Christ, are united with one another and therefore they maintain the unity of the Spirit. 3000 were saved, 3000 were baptised, 3000 were together in fellowship.

Before we go on, I just want to say something about this word commitment that I have used a few times now. Somebody one day said that the difference between dedication and commitment is as follows: “Dedication is a chicken laying eggs and commitment is a pig becoming bacon”. Too many believers by that definition are chickens instead of pigs. Did our Lord not require of us that we take up our cross daily, and follow Him? Paul says in second Corinthians that they continually bear the death of Christ in their bodies.

The point is this. If I say that I am willing to die for Christ but I am not committed to fellowship or the teaching of the apostles or the rest that we will see further, where have things gone wrong? The problem with the church is that there are too many people who are dedicated and not enough who are committed. Let me illustrate it with a simple IQ test. Five frogs are sitting on a tree trunk; one decides to jump off, how many are left? The answer is 5, as he had only decided, he has not jumped. That is dedication, and that is what so many Christians are guilty of. There are a lot of decisions and too little action.

We move on then to our fourth point in this series, namely: