Category Archives: Pastor’s Column

Everything in Common

In Acts 4, we have another short paragraph summarizing the life of the early Church. We already saw one of these snapshots in Acts 2, and the description is almost exactly the same – shared possessions, likeminded hearts, and powerful … Continue reading

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Praying for Boldness

When the early disciples hear Peter and John report the warnings and threats issued by the chief priests and temple leaders, they immediately drop to their knees as one man to pray for boldness. Suddenly, instead of faithful Jews who … Continue reading

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The Annoying Gospel

Acts 4 represents the first official opposition to the followers of Jesus, the first persecution of the new Christian Church, and it isn’t Rome who persecutes, but Jerusalem. The Jewish leaders are greatly annoyed at the preaching of the gospel. … Continue reading

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The Message of the Miracle

In Acts 3, Peter takes advantage of the crowd that gathers to preach a sermon. This will become a pattern in the book of Acts: a miracle opens the door to a message. The healing of the lame man draws … Continue reading

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Foundations of Community III: Trinitarian Variety in the Church

As we conclude this brief look at the Trinitarian foundations of true Christian community, we are looking at the appropriate diversity within the community. We’ve rooted our need for community in the fact that we were created in the image … Continue reading

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Foundations of Community II: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

Last week, we started looking at the foundations of Christian community, beginning with the reality of the Triune God. Since God is both three and one, Christian community needs to do justice to both truths. So how do we know … Continue reading

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Foundations of Community I: Triune Community

The most important thing we can possibly learn or understand about community is that community is made in the image of God. This means that the Trinity is the foundation for Christian community. Therefore, a single, solitary man does not … Continue reading

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