Church Vital Signs

(Church Vital Signs). Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

When you go to a physician, he or she checks your vital signs: temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. If these are normal, the doctor has reason to believe that you are healthy. The following research assignments describe some signs to tell whether a congregation of believers is healthy. . .

Vital Sign #1: Education

1. Note the first verb in Acts 2:42. What should be the attitude of a healthy congregation toward the Word of God? See also Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 119:103; 1 Peter 2:2, 3

2. Note the word translated “teach” in Acts 4:33. Why was this teaching reliable? See also 1 Corinthians 15:3 – 8; 2 Peter 1:16 – 18; 1 John 1:1, 2

3. What are the results of this type of teaching in the church? Read Acts 4:32a; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 1 John 2:3, 4

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Vital Sign #2: Association

4. The first Christians “devoted themselves . . . to the fellowship” (Acts 2:42). What are some synonyms of fellowship? Biblically, who is fellowshipping with whom? (Note the two levels of fellowship mentioned in these verses: 2 Corinthians 13:11 – 14; Philippians 2:1 – 4; 1 John 1:3)

5. Describe the practical ways the Christians in the early church in Jerusalem demonstrated their partnership with one another (Acts 2:44, 45; 4:32, 34, 35).

6. What different methods of sharing possessions were used in early Christian congregations? See Acts 11:27 – 30; 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2; Philippians 4:14 – 16.

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Vital Sign #3: Adoration

7. Notice that the “breaking of bread” was an important part of worship of the early church (Acts 2:42). Describe this practice and its importance (Matthew 26:26 – 29; 1 Corinthians 11:23 – 29).

8. Prayer was also an important part of group worship (Acts 2:42). Describe the occasion, content and results of the prayer of the early church recorded in Acts 4:23 – 31.

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