Mark 4:36 KJV
36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took
him even as he was in the ship. And there were also
with him other little ships.
Acts 1:1-12 ESV
1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that
Jesus began to do and teach,
2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had
given commands through the Holy Spirit to the
apostles whom he had chosen.
3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering
by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to
depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of
the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me;
5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had come together, they asked him,
“Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to
7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or
seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has
come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
end of the earth.”
9 And when he had said these things, as they were
looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out
of their sight.
10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went,
behold, two men stood by them in white robes,
11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking
into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you
into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw
him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount
called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath
day’s journey away.
Acts 1:15 – 120
Acts 2:41 – 3,000
Acts 2:47 – 365
Acts 4:4 – 5000 men
Acts 5:14 – Explosive growth
Acts 5:28 – The city
Acts 6:1 – Multiplication
Acts 6:7 – Anti-Christian movement
Acts 21:20 – Thousands
“Will you” Christians want God to do something
“But you” Christians want God to do something
People are looking less for a place to believe
and more for a place to belong.
People are looking less for an institution with rules
and more for a community with love.
Things that membership provides:
- Mutual accountability
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT – 9 Two people are better off
than one, for they can help each other succeed.
10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and
help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
- Mutual encouragement
Ephesians 4:29 NLT – Don’t use foul or abusive
language. Let everything you say be good
and helpful, so that your words will be an
encouragement to those who hear them.
- Mutual development
Proverbs 13:20 ESV – Whoever walks with the wise
becomes wise, but the companion of fools will
• Aspirational models – those who have
already done or are doing what you want
• Mentors – those who can show you how to
• Partners – colleagues who can support or
• Friends – those who love you no matter
Acts 2:43-47 GNB
43 Many miracles and wonders were being done through
the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe.
44 All the believers continued together in close fellowship
and shared their belongings with one another.
45 They would sell their property and possessions, and
distribute the money among all, according to what
each one needed.
46 Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and
they had their meals together in their homes, eating
with glad and humble hearts,
47 praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the
people. And every day the Lord added to their group
those who were being saved.
How healthy churches grow
- Every member has a PURPOSE to
A witness is someone who saw something and
said something about what they saw.
- Every member has a plan to
• Jerusalem – Failure
• Judea – Friends
No guests – no growth
• Samaria – Foes
Romans 12:14-21 GNV – 14 Ask God to bless those who
persecute you—yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. 15 Be
happy with those who are happy, weep with those who
weep. 16 Have the same concern for everyone. Do not
be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of
yourselves as wise.17 If someone has done you wrong,
do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone
considers to be good. 18 Do everything possible on your
part to live in peace with everybody. 19 Never take
revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For
the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says
the Lord.” 20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies
are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink;
for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21
Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.
• Ends of the Earth – Fears
Ecclesiastes11:4 TLB – If you wait for perfect conditions, you
will never get anything done.
- Every member has a power to
Philippians 2:13 NLT – For God is working in you, giving you
the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Before you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit
was working on you.
When you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit was
working in you.
After you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit was
working through you.
The Holy Spirit:
• Enlarges you
• Energizes you
• Encourages you
• Endorses you
These ordinary people
• Overcame their failure
Acts 2:14 ESV – But Peter, standing with the eleven,
lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea
and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to
you, and give ear to my words.
• Won over their friends
Acts 2:42-47 ESV – 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.
• Converted their foes
Acts 8:4-6 ESV – 4 Now those who were scattered went
about preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to the
city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to
what was being said by Philip when they heard him
and saw the signs that he did.
• Rose above their fear
Acts 28:30-31 ESV – 30 He lived there two whole years
at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to
him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching
about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and
Words that symbolize what membership is about
- Come – as a member
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV – 28 Come to me, all who
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find
rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my
burden is light.”
- Go – as a missionary
Matthew 28:19-20 ESV – 19 Go therefore and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I
have commanded you. And behold, I am with you