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Showing posts with label disciples. Show all posts
Showing posts with label disciples. Show all posts

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sunday - Called To Witness - Acts 6:1-7 - 8/6/17

When we read the descriptions of the early church - the miracles, the sharing and generosity - we may wish we could have been a part of this "perfect" church. No church has ever been or will ever be perfect until Christ and his followers are united at his Second Coming. All churches have problems. Do what you can to make your church better.

The twelve are the original disciples and Matthias, who was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:26).

As the early church increased in size, so did their needs. One was to organize the distribution of food to the poor. Each person has a necessary part to play in the life of the church (1 Corinthians 12). If you are not in leadership, you have gifts that can be used by God in various areas of the church's mission. Offer these gifts in service to him.

This administrative task was not to be taken lightly. Notice the requirements for the men who were to handle the feeding program: (1) good, with reputations for being honest, (2) full of the Holy Spirit, and (3) wise. We must look for honest, spiritually mature, d wise men and women to lead our churches.

Pastors should never try, or be expected, to do everything. Instead, the work of the church should be spread out among its members.

Spiritual leadership is serious business and must not be taken lightly by the church or the leaders. In the early church, the chosen men were commissioned (set apart by prayer and laying on of hands) by the apostles.

1 Timothy 4:14 (Instructions for elders. Paul gives guidelines for teaching). Timothy was a young pastor. Timothy's commission as a church leader was confirmed by prophecy (1 Timothy 1:18) and by laying on of hands by the elders of the church.

1 Timothy 3:10-13 ... Deacons means "one who serves." This position was begun by the apostles in the Jerusalem church (Acts 6:1-6) to care for the physical needs of the congregation, especially the needs of the Greek-speaking widows. Deacons were leaders in the church and their qualifications resemble those of the elders (bishops) in some churches today. Paul says men are to be tested with lesser responsibilities before being made deacons.

Some have translated wives as "women helpers" or "deaconesses." Paul expects the behavior of prominent women in the church to be just as responsible and blameless as that of prominent men. Phebe, the deaconess was mentioned in Romans !6:1.

Jesus had told the apostles that they were to witness first in Jerusalem (Acts 1:8). In a short time, their message had infiltrated the entire city and all levels of society.

Reference summary used from the Life Application Bible, KJV; Tyndale Publishers, Inc.,; Wheaton, IL

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday - Out of Nazareth - John 1:43-46 - 12/2/16

Verse 43 ... The day following Jesus would go forth into Gal'i-lee, & findeth Phil'ip, & said unto him, Follow me.


Verse 44 ... Now .. Phil'ip was of Beth-sa'i-da, the city of An'drew & Pe'ter.

John 12:21 ... The same came therefore to Phil'ip, which was of Beth-sa'i-da of Gal'i-lee, & desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. (Certain Greeks desire to see Jesus)


John 1:45 ... Phil'ip findeth ... Na-than'a-el, & saith unto him, We have found him, of whom ...

John 21:2 ... There were together Si'mon Peter & Thom'as called Did'y-mus, & Na-than'a-el, of Cana in Gal'i-lee, & the sons of Zeb'e-dee, & two other of his disciples.


John 1:45 ... Moses in the law, & the ...

Deuteronomy 18:18 ... I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, & will put my words in his mouth; & he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.


John 1:45 ...prophets did write, ...

Isaiah 4:2 ... In that day shall the branch of the LORD be (beauty & glory) beautiful & glorious, & the fruit of the earth shall be excellent & comely (for the escaping of Israel) for them that are escaped of Is'ra-el.


John 1:45 ... Jesus ... of Naz'a-reth, the son of Jo'seph.

Luke 2:4 ... And Jo'seph also went up from Gal'i-lee, out of the city of Naz'a-reth, into Ju-de'a, unto the city of Da'vid, which is called Beth'le-hem (because he was of the house & lineage of Da'vid,)


John 1:46 ... And Na-than'a-el said unto him ... Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Phil'ip saith unto him, Come & see.

John 7:41,42,52 ... Others said, This is the Christ. But some said shall Christ come out of Gal'i-lee?

Hath not the Scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of Da'vid, & out of the Beth'le-hem, where Da'vid was.

They answered & said unto him, Art thou also of Gal'i-lee? Search, & look: for out of Gal'i-lee ariseth no prophet.

Scripture reference used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN