Last night (11/11) I continued my exposition on Acts and preached 4:32-5:11, a message entitled “Joy and Judgment in a Local Church.” This particular text portrays a crystal clear distinction between God’s pleasure and God’s displeasure in a local church. One demonstrates joy; the other, judgment. This particular narrative strongly implies that both pictures can be found in a local church. God’s pleasure is demonstrated in the latter portion of Acts 4; while God’s displeasure and disapproval are found at the beginning of chapter 5.
From the text, I pointed out what brings God’s joy and what brings God’s judgment. Here’s my brief outline.
I. What Brings God’s Joy in a Local Church?
- A church that strives for true Christian unity brings joy to God; but not at the expense of doctrine.
- A church that demonstrates sacrificial giving and sharing brings joy to God.
- When the priority of church ministry is given first to her members.
- When there is a continual proclamation of the resurrected Christ.
II. What Brings God’s Judgment to a Local Church?
- Your private sin not only can kill you (literally), but it affects others in a local church.
- When you sin against a church, you sin against God.
III. Some Final Implications
- God will remove individual(s) from a church for the sake of her purity and testimony.
- Although there is God’s judgment, there is also God’s grace.
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