The following is what we read on Sunday. We were encouraged to read this scripture often to keep it fresh in our minds.
The Church is to preach the Gospel and to reach the lost. Living Acts Church was founded on Romans 15:17-19 NLT which outlines the three areas that are necessary in order to accomplish that commission.
I added my notes that expands on how we will focus the teaching, ministry, and outreach of Living Acts Church to accomplish the Great Commission.
Romans 15:17-19 NLT
vs17 So it is right for me to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God.
#4 vs18 I dare not boast of anything else. I have brought the Gentiles to God
#1 by my message
#2 and by the way I lived before them.
#3 vs19 I have won them over by the miracles done through me as signs from God
— ALL by the power of God’s Spirit.
#4 In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ all the way from Jerusalem clear over into Illyricum.
1st value – The Authority of the Word of God
“By my message”
We will not compromise the authority of the Bible.
We will strive to uphold sound doctrine – contending for the faith.
We will be students of God’s Word.
2nd value – The Manifestation of the Attributes of God
“By the way I lived before them”
We will yield to the HS in order to be empowered to live Godly lives (Holiness)
We will allow the development of Love — the Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-25)
We will walk by Faith (not just profess but possess)
— Our talk and walk will line up with God’s Word
3rd value – The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
“By the miracles done through me as signs from God.”
We will learn to be led of the Holy Spirit
— Not leaning on our own understanding
— Yielding to Him – Obedience
We will allow and make room for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:8-11)
“All by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
We will encourage all to be “filled with the Holy Spirit and with power”
— It is vital that we be empowered to accomplish all He has for us to do.
(salvation, healing, deliverance, etc.)
4th value – Passion for Souls – Preaching Christ
“I have brought the Gentiles to God”
God commanded us to make disciples of all nations.
— God wants His children back
–This is God’s passion & heart
Each area is impossible without praying people who are seeking a genuine relationship with God.