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“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Jesus taught it and modeled it. It is one of His most famous teachings as well as perhaps the most violated by His people. Why do you suppose that is?
Jesus was the most compassionate person who ever lived. Often his compassion for one led him to be irritated with others who didn’t share his compassion. Today’s message shows us both sides of Jesus and instructs us as his followers.
This morning we conclude our series on the Church. As we have seen it’s beginning and some early big events that have shaped it and caused it to grow, the question arises 2000 years later: Does the Church really matter?
As we continue our series on the movement we call the church, today’s story is about the first big controversy that arose in the midst of the gathering. It’s relevant for us today because the same controversy seems to come up again and again within the church of Christ today. The solution, as posited by James, the brother of Jesus, may surprise you.
As we continue our look at the beginning of the movement we know as the church, this morning we consider a major predicted shift from outside the confines of Judea into the uttermost parts of the earth. That the shift took place was not surprising. Jesus said it would happen. God’s chosen instrument to lead the way? Very surprising.
As we continue our look at the church movement in the book of Acts, we find the opposition to the apostle’s boldness increasing. With increased boldness comes increased persecution. How did they respond? How do we respond?
As we continue our series on the first century church this morning, we look at the first recorded prayer of that church. How a person or group prays says a lot about them. What/Who is the center of your prayers?
April 10, 2013, Karilynn Ridder and Kristy Trumble care for the babies and The Little Lambs while their Moms are at CoffeeBreak. Mark 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Mark 10:16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
This morning we begin a series on the early church. After Jesus resurrected he laid out his plans and purposes for the believers, from generation to generation. How similar and how different does the modern church look when compared to the early church? What has been lost along the way and needs to be regained? Those are the kinds of questions we will be asking ourselves for the next few weeks.