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Life in the early church

"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:42-47

The 4 activities the early church participated in, from house to house, are the key to a fruitful, balanced, and exciting life in Christ! To stray from this model of living is to begin to form a religion, and to start on the slippery road to Babylon, and the very counterfeit of what Christ instituted in his lifetime. This series will bless you and give you a clearer picture of the simplicity of early church practise.

Life in the early church - Breaking of Bread

Volume 1

 

This volume covers just one of the 4 activities mentioned in Acts chapter 2, the Breaking of Bread, and although I cannot say that it is the most important (for I believe we neglect any of them at our peril), I do think it is the least understood and most neglected in its practice and teaching. I trust this book will alert your thinking as to the importance of discerning this practice, and the danger of not taking it by faith and with understanding. I also trust it will give you a healthy fear of this meal for it is life and death both physically and spiritually. If you understand that the Breaking of Bread is the new blood covenant of Christ and his bride, then the writings of Paul in Hebrews makes it all the more serious.

 

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When we take the bread and wine we show, or identify, the Lord's death and suffering. Christians are frightened of the word suffering and equate it with flagellation and works for salvation,  or to merit less time in purgatory. A Christian's suffering has nothing to do with his salvation, it is all about the lifestyle of a disciple – if we suffer with Christ we shall also reign with him...

Life in the early church - Fellowship

Volume 2

 

I was brought up in revival. I saw the Acts of the Apostles in action. Since that time I've seen a slow but steady decline of that life. I've seen entertainment and showmanship introduced to Church platforms, business interests and sales techniques introduced to win converts instead of the conviction of the Holy Ghost. I've seen vast amounts of money spent on building programmes when many pastors in Africa and India are persecuted or starving, and superstar evangelists living indulgent lifestyles directly forbidden by Jesus and the Apostles. I talk to Christians who don't know the difference between holiness and worldliness. Divorce, adultery, carnality, witchcraft, and fornication are rife in Evangelical and Charismatic churches. Sound biblical teaching seems to be a thing of the past. False prophets of the Faith and Prosperity Movements have infiltrated churches with an unbiblical mixture of New Age and occult teachings. Because I've lived through this transition, I feel compelled to write a series on early church life in the hope that those who read may understand how the early disciples thought and acted in their new found freedom under a New Covenant established by Jesus.

 

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Christian fellowship is when Jesus in me communes with Jesus in another person. Therefore, it is impossible to have spiritual fellowship with anyone outside the family of God. If a person does not have the same father there can be no true spiritual unity and therefore no true fellowship...

Life in the early church - The Apostles' Teaching

Volume 3

 

This is the 3rd volume in the Early Church Series, and I am looking at the 4 basic activities of those believers who had been transformed by the preaching of the apostles just after the resurrection of Jesus. The Holy Ghost was now dwelling in people instead of working with them (as happened under the old covenant). Jesus clearly made a new covenant in blood and, according to Paul, the old one was now abolished. New wine needs to go in new wineskins or it will damage the old skins and the wine will be wasted. The skins in the parable Jesus gave, because of the context, were the old and new covenants. The Old Covenant was made void by the new one. The Old Covenant, based on a relationship with God, had deteriorated into a religion – Judaism. Jesus came to abolish what had become 'traditions of men'. He came to restore a relationship with God under a new covenant ready for the new wine to be poured in. The new wine, the Holy Ghost, had to be poured into the new covenant believers. The laws of God were now written on their hearts and in their minds and they had a spontaneous and refreshing new life.

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When Christians come together it should not be to hold a service – that is religion. We should meet as the early church did for fellowship, prayer, communion and the apostles teaching where all attending should be active. Please tell me how I can have fellowship sitting down looking at the back of someone's head? How far have we come from Paul's instruction of how to meet together?

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