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Fellowship in the Early Church

Fellowship in the Early Church

Text: Acts 2:40-46.  

Acts is a history book, but as we read it we see in the lives of the early Christians what MLJ called ‘Authentic Christianity.  When we read of their fellowship, we see what a church should look like, their level of fellowship, and we find some broad principles for our own Christian fellowship.  These believers were:-

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God Loves You – Rebellious Christian…

God Loves You

Text. Malachi 1v1-5

Malachi’s message is an unusual one.  He tests them with a series of challenges.  Look at the scepticism, the sheer incredulity with which they responded to what God was saying through the prophet…

Malachi 1:2, Malachi 1:7 Malachi 2:13-14.  Malachi 2:17.  Malachi 3:8  Malachi 3:13   

And Malachi isn’t addressing pagans, he’s addressing God’s people! But Christians are often blissfully unaware of the simplest, most basic elements of God’s word, his will and his person.  God’s message to mankind is always a burden – both to the messenger and to the recipients of the message.  Let’s look at the early part of Malachi’s message:- Read more…

Spiritual Sickness – Its Condition and Cure

Spiritual Sickness –

Its Condition and Cure Demonstrated in the Lame Man

Text: Acts 3:1-19. Esp. V6.  

A well known story!  As children we sung a song about it in children’s meetings…. Peter and John went to pray; they met a lame man on the way. He asked for alms and held out his palms, and this is what Peter did say: “Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” He went walking and jumping and praising God, walking and jumping and praising God. “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”  Well, that just about sums it up for us!  But let’s think about this poor man… Read more…

Peter’s First Sermon

Peter’s First Sermon

Acts 2:14-24

In our last study we reviewed the events of the Day of Pentecost and saw the wonderful, miraculous supernatural way in which God brought the NT Church into being.  We noticed that these events were unique, on a certain day in history, with one particular purpose, which would never need to be repeated.  We also noted that the ‘tongues’ were simply foreign languages, intelligible words spoken by people who had not understood them, and perfectly understood by those who were listening.   The disciples, now full of the Holy Spirit’s power, spill out onto the streets, where hundreds had gathered, and began to preach and teach the Good News.  

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Haggai – Consider Your Ways.

Haggai – Consider Your Ways

Text. Haggai 1:1-2:23, Ezra 5:1-2; 6:14

The name means Festival or Festive and everything that we know about Haggai is found in his book and references in Ezra.  With Zechariah he encouraged the Jews in rebuilding the temple.   The book is usually dated around 520 B.C. (the second year of King Darius – Hag 1:1) Throughout the book there is encouragement to complete the task – and a call to the people of God to THINK – one of the motifs repeated in the book is a call to ‘consider.’   Haggai’s message is delivered over a period of four months, and consists of 4 exhortations – Haggai 1:1; 2:1,10,20

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Luke and the Reason to Believe. Acts 1:1-3

Luke and The Reason to Believe

Text: Acts 1:1-3. Cf Luke 1:1-4

We’re moving from an OT book to a NT book, from a prophetic book to a historic book, from a challenging book to an exciting book.  We won’t be able to study it in great depth, but we’ll get the the main themes and characters and developments, and that should give us a flavour on life among the very first Christians. So, we begin with our introduction, and we look at the first three verses of chapter 1. 

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Luke – The Beloved Physician

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God’s Plan for His People

God’s Plan for His People!

Zechariah 14:1-11

This final section of the book is ‘apocalyptic’ in tone.  Reformed thinkers have seen it as describing the experience of the church of God in the period from the first coming of the Lord through to His second coming.  Many scholars see this as a ‘recap’ of what Zechariah has already taught.  In a way similar to Revelation there is a progression in the recap!  This time Zechariah goes as far as the second coming of the Lord.  Remember that the use of the terms ‘Israel’ and ‘Jerusalem’ are often used to mean God’s whole redemptive race, not only the OT Church, but the NT Church. In this scenario, the attack upon Jerusalem is identified as the culminating assault of the nations on the city which had begun in 12:3-9.

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