Mike & I have been blessed to have “grown up” in three great churches since we turned our lives over to Christ, each one, through its teaching, accountability and opportunities for service, helping us grow closer and closer into that image of Christ.  But lots of people out there can’t seem to find a church that hasn’t succumbed to trendy movements, false teachings or people-pleasing lukewarm-ness—I know because we get dozens of emails from them every month, and from all over the country.  And while I realize that perfect church will often cease to be perfect once I get there, and picky things like the talent or style of the worship team or the length of the service don’t matter, is it too much to ask for a church that simply teaches from the Bible?  And not the “Message” translation??!!  Helping us sort all this out today with the lesson “7 Features of a Great Church” is teacher and author of the book Broken Yet Blessed, Kathi McCarty.


Table Talk Notes


The first church…

Acts 4:31+ | “And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the Word of God with boldness, and the congregation were of one heart and soul…”



They had great PURPOSE


Lk 24:49 | “behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high”

Acts 1:8 | “…you shall receive power….be My witnesses….”



They had great TEACHING

Three characteristics of great preaching/teaching:

  1. It exalts the Savior Jesus
  2. It edifies the saints
  3. It exposes sin/brings to repentance

3,000 & then 5,000 added to their numbers. The church grew!


They had great POWER


1 Sam 13:14 | “the Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart” (David)


God’s power is manifest in:

  • A willing heart & wise head
  • Working hands & clean life
  • A consistent walk w/the Lord


They had great PERSECUTION


Jn 16:33 | “In the world you have tribulation (persecution), but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

2 Tim 2:12 | “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him He also will deny us.”



They had great PEOPLE

Acts 2:42+ | “…continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, communion & prayer…”

What will it take to further the cause of Jesus Christ? Whether or not we are willing to live sacrificial lives.


They had great PRAISE


Acts 2: 46 | “…continuing w/one mind in the temple, & breaking bread from house to house, taking their meals together w/gladness & sincerity of heart, praising God & having favor w/all the people.”


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They had great PROMISES


Jn 15:11 | “…that My joy may be in you…”

Jn 14:16 | “I will ask the Father & He will give you another Helper (Counselor)…”

1 Jn 2:25 | “And this is the promise which He himself made to us: eternal life.”


The challenge…

  • How badly do we want to be a “great” church? (or will mediocre do?)
  • Are we willing to pay the price? (How much is it worth to you?)


Be encouraged! Romans 8:18+ “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us…creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.”