Acts: Church Planting
Acts 9:31; Acts 1:8
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
Click to View Questions and Answers: A Catechism
CHURCH PLANTING IN ACTS
1) Acts begins with Jesus
2) Jesus has established the core of the church
3) The Holy Spirit enables a great gospel proclamation
4) The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have mightily established the church in worship, discipleship and mission
5) Apostolic witnesses go with news of this gospel and the church it establishes.
THE CHURCH PLANTED AT CROSSPOINTE COAST
1) We came from a church plant
2) We are a church plant
3) We are a church
4) We are a church planting church
5) We are a member of a diverse global family
Acts 29 | A diverse, global family of church-planting churches
The first and last of the five distinctives of Acts 29.
1) We are passionate about gospel centrality.
5) We embrace a missionary understanding of the local church and its role as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom on earth.
FOUR THINGS TO CELEBRATE WITH ACTS 29 IN 2019
1) 800 Churches
2) 52 Countries
3) 31 Languages
4) 82 Churches Planted in 2018
TWO PRAYER REQUESTS
1) Aaron Proffitt at Aletheia in Tampa
2) John Menton and Grace Bible Church in East London, South Africa**
We cannot understand the church or its mission if we do not first understand Jesus and his gospel.
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly
I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,
… until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.
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.
Acts 2:22–24, 38
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” … And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:42, 46–47
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. … And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
He lived there [in Rome] two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
I think we have enough churches being planted by means of music, drama, creative scheduling, sprightly narrative, and marketing savvy. And there are too few that are God-centered, truth-treasuring, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, cross-focused, Spirit-dependent, prayer-soaked, soul-winning, justice-pursuing congregations with a wartime mindset ready to lay down their lives for the salvation of the nations and the neighborhoods. There is a blood-earnest joy that sustains a church like this, and it comes only by embracing Christ-crucified as our righteousness.
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
Look And See
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
Nothing But The Blood
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
Before The Throne Of God Above
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
Community Group Questions
QUESTION 1: Have various people in the group look up and read Acts 6:7, 8:4, 12:24, 13:49, 15:35, 18:5, 19:20. How does the Lord grow his church? Consider and share how you see the Word working in the midst of CrossPointe Coast. (Consider the quote from John Piper above.)
QUESTION 2: Consider the five steps of “Church Planting in Acts” above. How have you seen those play out at CrossPointe Coast? Perhaps those who have been with CPCoast longer can share from some of their experiences in the past years.
QUESTION 3: Spend some time praying for the efforts of Acts 29 and CrossPointe Coast in church planting.