Distinguishing Marks of the Infant Christian Church (Acts 2:42-47)

Acts 2:42-47

Who does not like a good photograph? Photographs capture the special times in life, the birthdays, weddings, and moments that crystalize what is important in life. Though cameras were yet to be invented at the birth of the infant Christian Church, Luke, the author of the Book of Acts, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote down words that give us photographs of that church. The widest angle shot appears in Acts 2:42-47, after Peter’s Pentecost sermon. There we see what the church was doing in those early years. Those happenings represent what the one, true church has always been.

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We are all like Judas but do not need to share his fate (Acts 1:15-10)

Acts 1:15-20

The philosopher Alasdair McIntyre once said that for something to make sense it needs to be put into the context of a story. So many of our disagreements today stem from arguments over what the real story is. The Bible offers us a story that can be counted on, one that makes sense of the world we live in. This story can be trusted because it comes from God.

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What if only prayer can fix this? (Acts 1:12-14)

Acts 1:12-14

Prior to the day of Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples committed themselves to prayer in an upper room (Acts 1:12-14). Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the gift God the Father had promised (Acts 1:4). Never underestimate the power of prayer. God has many times used the prayers of his people to accomplish great things.

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Jesus told his disciples to wait (Acts 1:1-5)

Acts 1:1-5

At his ascension, Jesus told his followers, “…wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about (Acts 1:4).”

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Choosing the Good (Psalm 10)

Psalm 10

Hannah was one of the sweetest young ladies you ever could meet. She was bright and smart, graduating the top of her class in college. Upon graduating, she took a job at a non-profit that specialized in helping impoverished families. With her grades and newly minted credentials, she could have chosen a more lucrative career. Money, however, did not motivate Hannah. Her heart was warm and compassionate. She wanted to help those less fortunate than herself.

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The Anatomy of Hope (Psalm 9)

Psalm 9

Hope helps move us forward. The things we hope for motivate us to get out of bed in the morning. We hope that today will be better than yesterday. Hope enables us to overcome adversity and envision a better future.

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Little People in a Big Universe (Psalm 8)

Psalm 8

When David penned the words, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars…(Psalm 8:3),” he did not know just how big those dots of light in the night sky were. Galileo had not yet used the telescope to observe the sky.

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How to Pray for Your Enemies (Psalm 4)

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Psalm 4

We often hear that we are to love and pray for our enemies. But how does one do that? Psalm 4 gives us an example. Continue reading

Arise, O Lord, said David (Psalm 7)

Psalm 7

“Arise, LORD, in your anger,” “a God who displays his wrath every day,” “he makes ready his flaming arrows.” You might not expect to find those words in the Bible. Yet, they are the words of David when his enemies pursued his life for unjust reasons. (Psalm 7)

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How Long, Lord, How Long? (Psalm 6)

Psalm 6

Where do you go in the rough times? Do you go to the TV and binge watch episode after episode? Do you go to the freezer and dig into that half gallon of ice cream? Do you go to social media, aimlessly scrolling down? Do you go to video games? Drugs or alcohol? Where do you go when life gets you down?

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