The Vision of Poplar Springs Baptist – Connecting Inward

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Connecting Inward Is One Step That Produces a Healthy Church

Is Our Church Connecting Inward?

As we think about the Lord healthily growing our fellowship, how can we connect inwardly with our church family.

How can we grow our fellowship in the strongest possible way?

A vision that Connects Inward will develop our relationship with one another.

The writings of Luke in the New Testament book of Acts tells a clear story or how Christians can Connect Inward.

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who 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.

HOW DO WE PRACTICE CONNECTING INWARD?

Here are eight behaviors of the first century Christians that shows us how to connect inward.

We Connect Inward:

  1. Through God’s Teaching – v.42

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

  1. Through Fellowship – v. 42

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

  1. Through the Breaking of Bread – v. 42

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

  1. Through Prayer – v. 42

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

  1. Through Awe and Wonder – v. 43

43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.

  1. Through Being United – v. 44

44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

  1. Through Generosity – v. 45

45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

  1. Through Disciplined Faith – v. 46-47

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.

How Is Our Church Doing?

Are we Connecting Inward by:

  • Studying God’s Word together?
  • Fellowshiping with one another?
  • Sharing Communion and worship with one another?
  • Praying together?
  • Being in awe and wonder of God’s work?
  • Being united?
  • Practicing generosity?
  • Growing in our discipline of following Jesus every day of our lives?

Dale Roach

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