Rest For Your Soul

Life is coming at people in a manner that could only be called “fast and furious”

Key word that keeps coming up in my conversations and observations – – – Overwhelmed

  • Overwhelmed with life
  • Life is overwhelming
  • Life is “so daily”

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We Are Covenant People

In the middle of May I will be celebrating 41 years of marriage

To the same woman …

I am told that during the wedding ceremony we exchanged very specific vows as we entered into the covenant of marriage

Covenant = Agreement … a binding together of two people

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So What? Now What? What Then? – Part 3

The early Church had two messages…

  1.          The Kingdom of God (preached by John, Jesus, Peter, Paul…)
  2.          The resurrection of Jesus from the dead – He’s alive

When we are looking at the second – the reason for Easter – we need to ask ourselves:

So What? Now What? What Then?

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So What? Now What? What Then? – Part 2

Easter has come and gone…

         And the world is asking, “So What”

The Church should be asking, “Now What?”

And everyone should be aware of “What Then?”

What happens at the end of time when Jesus returns and judgment begins?

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So What? Now What? What Then?

In the early Church those who were disciples of Jesus were called “Followers of the Way” They were first called “Christians” in the city of Antioch

“So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians”

(Acts 11:25-26)

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An AHA Experience

The early Church had two messages that were foundational to the rapid growth and expansion that they experienced

1> The Kingdom of God

“Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Acts 2:38)

2> The resurrection of the King – Jesus

“…And you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:15)

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The Message of the Early Church – Part 2

The early Church was a powerful witness for Jesus
A witness that quickly “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6)

The early church had two basic elements in what it preached and taught 1> The Kingdom of God / The Kingdom of Heaven …last week

“Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15)
2> The resurrection of the King – Jesus (Acts 2:24, 31) [[as we approach Easter]]

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The Message of the Early Church

As you read about the life of the early church

The book of Acts and the letters (epistles) to the early churches in various cities

Rome, Ephesus, Corinth, Galatia, Philippi, Colossi, Thessalonica…

There are two overriding themes … // the early Church focused on two major things:

1> The Kingdom of God

2> The resurrection of the King – Jesus

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The Church of Acts 29

IN ACTS 1 – Jesus is speaking to His disciples – His last face-to-face conversation with 11 of the original 12 followers now leaders

  • Leaders of a Church that does not yet exist (birthed in Acts 2)
  • Leaders of the Church that Jesus has promised to build (Matthew 16:18)
  • Leaders of the Church that will be attacked by every force in Hell but always be victorious (Matthew 16:18)
  • Leaders who are seriously nervous because Jesus is leaving to go back into Heaven and they are feeling ‘somewhat concerned’ – never been this way before

They remember that Jesus told them that it was for their benefit that He should leave and return to His place in Heaven and that He would send the Holy Spirit in His place  (John 16:7)

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The Daily Life of the Local Church

What does a “day in the life of a true church” look like?

When you are born again you enter into “a new life in Christ” that automatically involved the local church – the family of God

You become a “child of God” and thus were placed within a local family of God – the local   church

1 Corinthians 12:18 “”But, in fact, God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them.”

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