A New Kind of Community

Sermon Series:Acts

Many people in the world feel conflicted about Christianity and the Church: is it real? is it relevant to our lives? is it oppressive or offensive? In Acts 2:42-47, we see that from the start the Church was multicultural men and women together who, as part of a new community established by Jesus, found favor in the eyes of their wider society because they were attractively different. What makes the Church attractively different? And how can the Church today become attractively different again? In short, the answer is “radical unselfishness.” In this sermon we’ll see that the church was attractively different because they were busy but not rushed, powerful but not arrogant, diverse but unified, self-giving but exceedingly glad. And we’ll see that the power to become attractively different comes from having a radically unselfish God. Other Scriptures Referenced: Acts 2:5, 40-41; 4:4; 5:13; Mark 12:30-31; Philippians 2:1-11; James 2:14-17; Exodus 3:20; 7:3; 11:9-10; 15:11.