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The Company of the Disciples
Victor M. Eskew
I. TITLE OF THE SECTION
A. The Company of the Disciples (Acts 4:23)
B. Prayer and Practice
C. Of One Heart and of One Soul (Acts 4:32)
II. OUTLINE OF THE SECTION
i. THE REPORT (Acts 4:23)
ii. THE RESPONSE (Acts 4:24-31)
iii. THE RELIEF (Acts 4:31-37)
III. APPLICATION TO CHURCH GROWTH
A. Good communication is needed within the church (Acts 4:23).
B. The church should show it reliance upon God through prayer (Acts 4:24-31).
C. Prayer should be attended by the church “with one accord” (Acts 4:24).
D. The Lord had prophesied that the rulers would rebel against Jesus (Acts 4:25-27).
E. When the church is threatened, the church needs to pray for boldness to speak the Word of God (Acts 4:25).
F. The miracles seen by the first century church gave boldness to those early disciples (Acts 4:29-30).
G. God answers the prayers of His saints (Acts 4:31).
H. The church needs to remain united (Acts 4:32).
I. When brothers and sisters are in need, those who have should be willing to assist those in need (Acts 4:32, 34-35).
J. The resurrection of Christ should help to fuel the passion of the church (Acts 4:33).
K. We should not allow our brothers and sister to lack (Acts 4:34).
L. The early church showed a willingness to give of their possessions (Acts 4:34).
M. Benevolent efforts needs individuals to oversee the funds and their distribution (Acts 4:35).
N. We need more “sons of consolation” like Barnabas in the church (Acts 4:36-37).