Real Church Part 1 “Real Purpose”

Real Purpose

Acts is a historical account of some of the key ______________ and key ______________ in the history of the first church.

Acts has a lot to say about the ________________ of the church.

We would expect those ________________ to Jesus would be ______________ to getting His purpose for His church correct.

In this series, when we use the word “church” we never mean ______________…..we always mean _______________.

In Acts, a church is a group of people who are called into __________________ with Jesus Christ and one another.

Many are disillusioned with the “church” because they have _____________________ the purpose of the church.

Acts 1:1-11

Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

The purpose of the church is to be a _________________ for Jesus.

The _______________ of any church serve a _______________; they are never the _________________ of the church.

All programs of a church should be designed to _______________ you to be a witness for Jesus.

Jesus’ purpose statement is _____________ – centered; yet it is carried out by mostly ____________ – centered people.  (vs 6) Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

The focus can easily become:  “What can God do for ______?”

Jesus’ purpose is not ________________ but it is ________________.

Fulfilling Jesus’ purpose doesn’t require ______________ but it does require ___________________.

The opportunity to be a witness exists in every corner of our ______________ and every corner of our _____________.

Can God get your ________________?