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Having A Positive Impact (Acts 2:42-47)

Sermon Notes for Sunday Service on 6 November 2022

Sermon by Ps Justin Chia on 6 November 2022


Introduction

Having impact means being able to strongly influence someone or something. Matthew 5:16 tells us to let your light shine before others, so that our Father may be glorified. The purpose of light is to shine a light unto people. Your good works, conduct and behaviour is light. Let us impact people with the way we live our lives.

Message

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2:42-47

Impact is powerful; it creates a ripple effect (Matthew 5:13-16). Acts 2:36 tells us to create this ripple – to let everyone know Jesus is our Lord. Our testimony as a Christian is an impact on how the gospel will spread like a ripple (Acts 2:40-41). God will add on to the numbers. In Acts chapter 28, Paul was in house arrest but continued to preach the kingdom of God and teaching the things about Jesus Christ.

In the early church, there was no lack. They were impacted by the finished work of Jesus Christ, and their response to this impact was an incredible love, unity and generosity. The Holy Spirit guided them and gave them power as they continued to have an impact in the world. In 2 Corinthians 1:12, Paul said that the only thing we should boast about is godly sincerity. The ripple effect is so powerful that it will carry on until Jesus returns (Acts 28:31). We are impacted by the grace of God and by one another. The question is really whether we will do our part for the ripple effect to continue (2 Corinthians 8:7)?

How do you create impact?

1. We need to tell stories of the love of Christ (John 3:16).

2. We need to shine the light of Christ (Matthew 5:16). Because of the finished work on the cross that has impacted you, your good works will come naturally. The end goal of being an impact is for others to see God and glorify God.

The beatitudes in the book of Matthew teaches us how to be a good Christian. The Holy Spirit will create a small ripple in your heart, and the Holy Spirit is in you. You carry the anointing.

Closing

Create a legacy and pass it down to our children. It is not about money, fame, or property. The most powerful legacy that you can create is a legacy of faith and love for God.

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