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The Jerusalem Church (5)

Church Discipline The makeup of this church was also demonstrated in the incident just previous to the one discussed in the last essay, where Ananias came in and laid a bag of silver at the feet of Peter for distribution. Now if the disciples of that day had the same bearing as some and were as irreverent as people in assemblies called churches today, there would have been catcalls, hand clapping and shouts like, “You go Ananias, you’re the man” and such like. But that is not what happened.
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The Jerusalem Church (4)

Dealing with problems As you probably know, as good as the unity was in Jerusalem it was not without problems. In time a number of Hellenist widows complained about being ignored in the very things we noted and praised the church about in the last two outings. By explanation, those who were known as Hellenists had acquiesced to and adopted Greek culture, though they were not Greek themselves.
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The Jerusalem Church (3)

Christian Union From time to time, there is talk about Christian union in religious discussions. We should steadfastly pray for it. But here we need to note that at that time and for that time – Christian union had existed in this first congregation of God’s people. The record tells us that this mass of men and women were “of one mind.” They were this way to such an extent that it states that they “held all things in common” and that none had any need that was not met.
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The Jerusalem Church (1)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And in time, in the course of creation, he created both man and woman who, as with the rest, were created in perfection. The reason why I know that this is so is because the word of God tells me that God had created them in his own image, and so they had to be just exactly as intended and designed. In fact the record states that God saw what he had created and said that it was “very good.”
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What is a Church? (11) Women’s Work in the Church

This article was given me by William G. Bass many years ago. Its author was not identified, but it is clear that it was taken from a publication of the day. I have tried to locate it on the internet and in librarries, but have not been successful. I believe that it might be from the pen of Alexander Campbell, Robert Richardson, or perhaps Tolbert Fanning when editor at the Gospel Advocate. I have a better than average library of…

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The Establishment of the Church

(Many of you have heard lessons about the establishment of the church, and many of those lessons follow the same detail as found in this one. While this is a composite of several of these it is based primarily upon a lesson by N.B. Hardeman. I hope you might find it useful.) Most of the mighty works of the Son of God were done around the Sea of Galilee, but since he was human as well as divine, the time…

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What is a Church? (10)

In the previous section the apostle had condemned factions within the church at Corinth and closed with a long admonition to follow his example in avoiding such things. He had stated, "Let no one glory in men," ( 3: 21 ) "And you are Christs and Christ is Gods" ( 3: 23 ), and also, "For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you…

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What is a church? (9): The Corinthian church (1)

The first letter Paul wrote to the Corinthian church is divisible into two distinct parts. In the first, the apostle addresses some divisive issues which were having an effect on unity there. He also addressed particular questions that were put forth in some way to him for his judgment. In the second part of the letter (beginning in chapter 11 and verse 2) he addresses the purpose of worship, the demeanor Christians should maintain during the assemblies on the Lords…

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What is a church? (8)

I had taken a hiatus from this series for some period of time as other issues were pressing. Also, as this had become an exhaustive survey it was then clear that soon it would require additional work. The most interesting and comprehensive studies on what constitutes a church are just now before us as we begin to look into the first letter to the church at Corinth. So now being some better prepared, well look briefly at the concluding remarks…

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