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  • The Culturally-Relevant Church Series

    Contributed by Bob Hostetler on Jul 11, 2001
    based on 112 ratings
     | 2,852 views

    Casting the vision for a culturally relevant, twenty-first century church

    The Catalytic Church: The Culturally-Relevant Church Scripture Reading: Acts 17:16-34 Dave and Diane had just moved, because of Dave’s job, to the small town of Catoosa, Oklahoma. The young couple had been struggling in many ways before, but the move made things ...read more

  • Are You Devoted To Fellowship? Series

    Contributed by Jason Cole on Feb 22, 2004
    based on 114 ratings
     | 35,359 views

    Fellowship was such an important part of the first century church and was part of the reason for its exponential growth. We too need to be doevted to fellowship.

    “Are You Devoted to Fellowship” Introduction: Three pastors met and were talking over conditions at their churches. The first pastor said, "You know, since summer started, I’ve been having trouble with mice in my church. I’ve tried everything----noise, spray, cats---nothing seems to scare ...read more

  • Developing True Thankfulness

    Contributed by Michael Fogaras on Nov 24, 2002
    based on 49 ratings
     | 2,050 views

    What were the four desires of the first century church that God would add to their number daily?

    DEVELOPING TRUE THANKFULNESS ACTS 3:44-47 INTRODUCTION: As we come to this time of year there are many celebrations coming up. In just a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. This is usually a time when we gather together with family and friends and reflect on the goodness of ...read more

  • The Ephesian Church And The Word Of God Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 19, 2012
     | 1,611 views

    The growth of the first-century church of Ephesus shows how the Word of God overcomes world-systems by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    21 May 2012 Verbum Domini The Word of God, Jesus, has overcome the world. Today’s reading from Acts gives us a glimpse of how the Word overcomes. The Word of God overcomes the world through the working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the disciples. The foundation and growth of the ...read more

  • Reading The Map / Visualizing The Goal Series

    Contributed by Mike Gilbert on Jan 25, 2008
    based on 66 ratings
     | 43,458 views

    The 10 characteristics of a God-honoring church, based on a look at the first century church of Acts 2.

    INTRO>We’ve all heard the little saying (show the actions with hands locked together, fingers entwined upside down) ...This is the church, here is the steeple; open it up (wiggling fingers) and see all the people.” However, that is NOT the way it really is...this way is actually upside down from ...read more

  • The Church Of The New Testament - Part 7a Series

    Contributed by Sam Mccormick on Feb 15, 2018
     | 2,665 views

    Part 7A - Introduction to the functions in the first-century church and how the earliest Christians were empowered to perform them.

    This 13-part series of classes has been many years in the making. About 25 years ago I began in earnest to examine the features, character and characteristics of the church as it existed in its earliest years. As I sometimes do, I kept my notes all along the way, and this series of classes is to a ...read more

  • Why House Church?

    Contributed by B. D. B Moses on Sep 1, 2005
    based on 21 ratings
     | 5,104 views

    Priscilla and Aquila are not unknown figures in the NT. They are heroes of the first century church. Their house church was not a substandard church, but a church that was everything that God intended in the New Testament church.

    Scripture Romans 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Why am I talking about house churches? Because I think all believers should start churches that meet in homes. You may ask if I understand who are the people that I am talking to. We are nursing students and medical staff ...read more

  • Realized Christianity Series

    Contributed by Tim Bond on May 27, 2004
    based on 56 ratings
     | 3,133 views

    With a great sense of urgency, and a deep and abiding faith, the first century church grew and developed quickly. The same resources must be utilized by the contemporary church.

    A friend of mine, Brett Kays, some time back noticed some things that are true of scenes in almost every movie or TV show. If you determined reality according to the way Hollywood defined it, you could be very confused. According to Hollywood: • All grocery shopping bags contain at least one ...read more

  • The Appearance To John On Patmos Series

    Contributed by Bob Marcaurelle on Feb 5, 2016
     | 1,814 views

    The final New Testament appearance of Jesus. He encourages the Apostle John and the First Century churches with the truth that He, and not Rome is in control and his coming victory is certain.

    Annual Sermons: Vol. 3 Sermon 11 Bob Marcaurelle Rev. 1:9-20 THE APPEARANCE TO JOHN ON PATMOS Yahoo search: homeorchurchbiblestudy.com bob marcaurelle When we study the Bible, we study ...read more

  • Tradeoff

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Nov 22, 2005
    based on 12 ratings
     | 1,132 views

    It can be discouraging when we compare the raw faith and power of th first century church with what the church has become. Have we traded power for "silver and gold"?

    Passage: Acts 3:1-10 Intro: We look at a passage like this and sigh.. 1. great that Jesus healed people, great that the apostles did. 2. we’ve concluded the day of miracles is over, that God no longer works this way. Il) a Pope once said as he showed a visitor the splendor of his palace, ...read more

  • Wake Up, O Sleeper!

    Contributed by David Hughes on Jul 26, 2004
    based on 17 ratings
     | 6,240 views

    As we look at the events in the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of Christ’s crucifixion, I ask "Is the twenty-first century Church asleep?" A sermon to stir the church to pray.

    ’WAKE UP, O SLEEPER!’ INTRO: I want to begin this morning with a quote: "At a certain meeting of ministers and church officers, one after another doubted the value of prayer meetings; all confessed that they had a very small attendance, and several acknowledged without the slightest ...read more

  • A First Century Practice For Our 21st Century Church

    Contributed by David Haun on Apr 4, 2004
    based on 33 ratings
     | 4,843 views

    All of us know we should witness as an evangelist, but few of us do. This sermon examines the first century church and how the comments of Jesus led them into evangelism. That practice still applies to our church today.

    "A FIRST CENTURY PRACTICE FOR OUR 21st CENTURY CHURCH" Dr. David L. Haun April 4, 2004 Hope Christian Church, Tamarac, Florida One of the first activities of the first century church was evangelism. On Pentecost, the church began with some 3000 individuals accepting Christ. At that ...read more

  • God's Preparation For Restoration Series

    Contributed by Ely Lambert on Feb 12, 2003
    based on 60 ratings
     | 4,991 views

    The first century church is the goal of restoration. Ezra gives a unique perspective on the goal of restoration, as Israel is in the mode of restoration. Biblical reasoning and understanding can be applied to our modern application of restoration.

    God’s Preparation for Restoration Ezra 1 Preached at the Laurel Church of Christ On February 9, 2002 Introduction: I. Nicknames are always of interest. A. In college, my classmates gave me a couple; one that has followed me is “Ely the Prophet.” B. A prophecy of mine came true. I am just ...read more

  • We Are Family

    Contributed by Tammy Garrison on Oct 20, 2001
    based on 21 ratings
     | 1,713 views

    The first century Church gathered together daily. This sermon is an invitation to come home an be with your family. When you are away, we miss you, and your Heavenly Father waits for you.

    You’ve probably heard this story before. It’s been around for a long time. This story deals with a rather old fashioned lady, who was planning a couple of weeks vacation in Florida. She also was quite delicate and elegant with her language. She wrote a letter to a particular campground and ...read more

  • How To Overcome Challenges To Your Leadership

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 82 ratings
     | 2,694 views

    Remember that there are plenty of cycles of ups and downs in every relationship, ministry and group. While the first century church grew in maturity they were faced with the tensions between Grecian and Aramaic speaking Jews.

    1. Remember that there are plenty of cycles of ups and downs in every relationship, ministry and group. While the first century church grew in maturity they were faced with the tensions between Grecian and Aramaic speaking Jews. The differing tribal perspectives meant that Grecian Jews felt ...read more