Unstoppable | Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 16:15-18 | February 18, 2018

Warm Up: This week, we began our series in the book of Acts. This will be a 12-week series looking at what it means to live in the power of the church Jesus is building. The word “church” can mean different things to different people. When you think of church what sort of things come to mind? What was your first memory of going to church, or what are some of your earliest memories related to church?

Read Matthew 16:15-18 aloud. In Greek, the word translated church is “Ekklesia, which means, “called out ones, a gathering, or assembly.” Even though one could apply this word to any gathering, what makes the church that Jesus talks about unique, is that it is a people called out unto Jesus for His purposes.

  • -  In the passage, Jesus asks Peter a very specific question. What is this question? How does Peter answer? What is significant about his answer?

  • -  Jesus then responds that He is going to build His church “upon this rock” as the foundation. What is the “rock” that Jesus refers to here?

  • -  Why is getting this foundation correct so crucial to the future of the church?

  • -  How do we partner with Jesus to ensure that the Church’s foundation

    continues to be solid?

    Not only does Jesus lay out a foundation, but also a promise. That the “powers of hell will not conquer it.” He basically says that the power of death will not overcome His Church: those who are His people, called out unto Him!

  • -  Knowing this truth, that death has been conquered by Jesus’ resurrection, and that resurrection power is in us causing us to become alive to Him, how does this change the way you live, serve, and communicate with others?

  • -  What would it look like to others if we were to embrace this truth fully, and really live our lives with this confidence in the sight of others?

    Read Acts 1:1-11, 2:1-4, 2:38, 2:42-47. These passages describe the birth of the church after the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry and ascension.

- As you read these passages, what stands out to you regarding the birth of the Church? What sort of teachings, events, and actions do you see in these passages from Jesus, and the apostles? How does this inspire you about what ministry could look like at The Shoreline?

WRAP UP: Jesus is building The Shoreline Church. Pastor George mentioned 5 dimensions of a healthy church: We grow warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. Which of these did the Holy Spirit cause to stand out as an area that you would personally like to engage more in? What specifically may He be asking you to do?