SERMONS

Doing Life Together To The Best

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.


The Objectives and Goals of Elim Care Cells

We come together to:

  • CONNECT with each other
  • COMMUNE with each other
  • CARE for each other.


So that, we can:

  • GO in love and unity: to build and bless each other.
  • GROW in faith and commitment: to honor God and uplift each other.
  • GLOW in ministry and evangelism: to touch a lost and needy world for Jesus.


We need each other to Do Life Together to the Best for these 5 ‘E’s.


1. EXHORTATION

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching” (v. 42a)


A. Meaning of Exhort

  • To earnestly advise, strongly encourage or persuade


B. Purpose:

  • To challenge each other to live a life pleasing to God


We have a Ministry of Exhortation


C. Goal:

  • No one will be living in continuous/perpetual sin


D. Result:

  • We will be blessed and anointed by God – individually, as a couple, family, church



2. ENCOURAGEMENT

“and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread” (v. 42b)


A. Meaning of Encourage

  • To give support, confidence, or hope to (someone).


B. Purpose

  • To build each other up and cheer each other on


We have a Ministry of Encouragement


C. Goal

  • No one will be left behind


D. Result

  • We will finish the race well and complete the journey victoriously.



3. EMPOWERMENT

“and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together” (v. 42c-44a)


A. Meaning of Empower

  • To give authority, ability, support, freedom to do something


We have a Ministry of Empowerment


B. Purpose

  • To challenge each other to step out by faith and do exploits for God’s Kingdom


C. Goal

  • No one will feel powerless and useless
  • God will use us to set captives free, heal the sick, help the needy, etc


D. Result

  • (As we pray and unite with our brothers and sisters) We will be powerful, faithful, and fruitful in the Lord.



4. EDIFICATION

“and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts” (v. 44b-46)


A. Meaning of Edify

  • To enlighten, uplift, build, inspire, nurture someone


B. Purpose

  • To care for each other’s physical, material, mental and spiritual well-being.


We have a Ministry of Edification


C. Goal

  • No one will be neglected or despised


D. Result

  • We will esteem others better than ourselves
  • We celebrate each other success and achievements without being jealous or envious.



5. EVANGELISM

“praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (v.47)


A. Meaning of Evangelise

  • To preach the gospel and to persuade people to become Christians.


B. Purpose

  • To lovingly care for a family member, relative or friend’s life and well-being in eternity


C. Goal

  • No one will be lost and condemned to hell


D. Result

  • (With God’s grace and favor) We will grow spiritually and numerically



Conclusion

We come to Elim not to do church together but to Do Life Together.


GO to a Care Cell to Do Life Together, to build up your faith in God, and to strengthen your walk with Jesus.

GO to a Care Cell for Exhortation, Encouragement, Empowerment, Edification and Evangelism.

GO to a Care Cell to CONNECT, COMMUNE and CARE for each other.

GO to a Care Cell to GROW and GLOW together to touch lives for Jesus


Let’s yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to mould us to be:


A Spirit-filled People

and a Spirit-filled Church,

with a Spirit-filled Care Cell,

Reaching and Impacting

the Spiritually Unresolved,

here and beyond.


Let’s Do Life Together to the Best!