Sunday, January 25, 2015

elect pilgrim saint

Reading: First Peter 1:1-12

The Church in Asia Minor was undergoing persecution, especially under Nero.  The terrible persecution of Christians led to some turning back on or at least question their faith. It was at this time that the great Apostle Peter wrote a letter to the believers. It was a source of great encouragement. You can imagine their excitement when the letter got to them:

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied”

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The functional church

Reading: Acts 2

In our increasingly secular society, the Church seems to be losing much of its dynamism and influence. To some people today, the Church is just a word and to some, it is like any other business enterprise. But that is not what God intended the Church to be – the Church should be a dynamic force, a part of the living body of Christ making a difference in our world. Why is the Church not doing this?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Church Community

Reading: First Corinthians 12:1-31

While the primary function of the Church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:10; First Peter 2:9), viewed from the human side, the Church may be said to make certain specific provisions.

It provides fellowship for its members. The new relationship of the disciples with Christ found expression in a social form, In the early days of the Christian Church fellowship was a very significant feature (Acts 2:42, 44-47; 4:32-33).