Tag Archives: Early Church

The Church at One Year (And a Hard Question)

This blog entry is the sixth in a seven day series counting down the days until York Springs Foursquare has its grand opening. You are invited, 10:30 AM Sept. 21!

When you read Acts 12, you may not notice it, but you are reading about the one-year anniversary of the first church in the world.

It is right there in 12:3-4, which say that Herod arrested Peter during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and planned to have his trial after Passover.

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What Healthy Churches Do

This blog entry is the fifth in a seven day series counting down the days until York Springs Foursquare has its grand opening. You are invited, 10:30 AM Sept. 21!

Acts 11:19-30

So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.  And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.  The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch.  Continue reading What Healthy Churches Do

Following Jesus and Having Your Mind Blown

This blog entry is the fourth in a seven day series counting down the days until York Springs Foursquare has its grand opening. You are invited, 10:30 AM Sept. 21!

In Acts chapter 10 Peter, the leader of the disciples and arguably the most important figure in the New Testament, (other than Jesus of course) finds himself being challenged by God in ways that he had not foreseen, and would struggle with for a long time.

I would call Acts 10 a turning point, but in reality, it was not. It was the plan all along. The only reason it is a major turning point in church history is because the disciples did not understand the full scope of their job on the first day, and had limited their own thinking. Because of their own limitations, they had avoided the Gentile world, which was actually the vast majority of the world. Continue reading Following Jesus and Having Your Mind Blown

The Hands of a Christian

Countdown to Launch. Sept. 16 – 5 days until launch.

This blog entry is the third in a seven day series counting down the days until York Springs Foursquare has its grand opening. You are invited, 10:30 AM Sept. 21!

In Acts chapter 9 we read about the conversion of Saul. The chapter begins with Saul “breathing out threats” against the church. What this means is that Saul spent his entire existence doing nothing but thinking of ways to stop the church. It was as constant as breathing. Later in life, when he says to the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing,” many Greek translators say it means the same thing. It means to make it a constant act as much as breathing, always on your mind, and always part of who you are. Make your life a prayer, just as Saul made his life an act of vengeance on the church. Continue reading The Hands of a Christian