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Life in the Early Church Pt. 2

Jan 15, 2017 Sunday AM
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Study Notes

Characteristics of the Early Church

  1. What God was doing:
    1. Authenticating the apostle's teaching
      The "wonders and signs" gave the teaching validity.
    2. Adding people to the Body
      When an individual repents and believes the gospel, the Lord "adds them" to the Body of Christ (see 1 Cor. 12:13).
  2. What the Church was doing:
    1. Caring for one another
      They recognized all they had belonged to God and they were willing to share with those in need.
    2. Doing life together
      They went to the Temple to worship together and they met in homes and ate together. They did what they did — together.
  3. What the "Climate" was like
    1. Awe
      They lived in the recognition of Divine presence. They believed God was among them...because He is!
    2. Joy
      Their life together was characterized by gladness and simplicity.
    3. Favor
      ‚ÄčThe believers had favor with "all" the people. Considering their way of life, we shouldn't be surprised.

Conclusion

We cannot "do" exactly what they did. However, what they did helps us understand what is "normal" for the church...and what should characterize our individual lives.

Inward.

Upward.

Outward.

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