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  • Do We Meet The First Century Standard?

    Contributed by Keith Crouch on Jul 26, 2005
    based on 13 ratings

    This is another message that follows our recent revival that challenges our church corporately and individually to examine ourselves and see if we are meeting the biblical standard for church health.

    Do We Meet the First Century Standard? Acts 9:31 I. A Healthy Church is a Church at Peace “…the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee and Samaria had peace…” v. 31 A. External peace B. Internal peace (Acts 2:44-47, Acts 4:32-35) 1. They had great fellowship 2. They did not quarrel over more

  • More Than Mission Awareness

    Contributed by Kenneth Stright on May 11, 2001
    based on 32 ratings

    Christian Mission in the twenty-first century

    Mission Awareness Sunday In the November 1886 issue of the Monthly Record, the publication of the Church of Scotland in these Maritime Provinces, a review was done on a book entitled, ’A Century of Protestant Missions’ by the Rev. James Johnson. Worldwide from every Protestant tradition from more

  • Understanding Corporate Worship Series

    Contributed by Michael Luke on Jun 4, 2005
    based on 35 ratings

    A lesson in worship exhibited in the first century.

    SERIES: “LESSONS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH” TEXT: ACTS 20:7-12 TITLE: “UNDERSTANDING CORPORATE WORSHIP” INTRODUCTION: A. Worship is important 1. Back during the days when people would travel by sailing ship, a young boy more

  • The Culturally-Relevant Church Series

    Contributed by Bob Hostetler on Jul 11, 2001
    based on 112 ratings

    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 more

  • Smyrna Series

    Contributed by Chris Rowney on Jul 20, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    Even in the first century the church faced problems of political correctness Churches of Revelation#2 - Smyrna February 2006 • Chris Rowney These messages are also available as audio podcasts at “8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to more

  • Romans, Chapter Applied To The Twenty-First Century

    Contributed by Gerry Pratt on Apr 30, 2002
    based on 9 ratings

    Christians can delude themselves into thinking that they are, somehow, better than others.

    As we study the “Life of Christ” we can make some observations that are just as true in this day-and-age as they were during the time of Christ. 1. We see the religious leaders looking at everyone else and judging them for a violation of some law that the leaders had more

  • A First Century Practice For Our 21st Century Church

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

    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 more

  • Developing True Thankfulness

    Contributed by Michael Fogaras on Nov 24, 2002
    based on 49 ratings

    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 more

  • Are You Devoted To Fellowship? Series

    Contributed by Jason Cole on Feb 22, 2004
    based on 114 ratings

    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 more

  • Reading The Map / Visualizing The Goal Series

    Contributed by Mike Gilbert on Jan 25, 2008
    based on 66 ratings

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

  • Handling Disappointments At Christmas

    Contributed by Rick Gillespie- Mobley on Dec 14, 2001
    based on 54 ratings

    This sermon deals with the reality that Christmas brought disappointment to the lives of the participants in the first century and still does the same for us today.

  • Being A Faithful Part Of The Church

    Contributed by Eric Hanson on Mar 10, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    In the first century, as in the Third World today, the basics of commitment to the Church were understood. God’s Word is clear on this.

    BEING A FAITHFUL PART OF THE CHURCH MARCH 9, 2008 Pastor Eric J. Hanson Read I Corinthians 12:12-27 Read I Peter 2:4-10 A GODLY ASSUMPTION Did you know that the writers of the New Testament assumed that the people of the Lord in each city they wrote to, were faithful in being there when more

  • Courage To Maintain The Biblical Pattern

    Contributed by Matthew Morine on Jul 18, 2007
    based on 8 ratings

    There is a pattern for the New Testament church in the Bible. But how do you get to it properly. Here are three steps to restore the church of the first century.

    Courage to Maintain the Biblical Pattern Theme: The right way to restore the New Testament Church. It began in the break room, continued down the hall, and ended in the foyer of the church building. This debate took place at the Brown Trail School of Preaching. It was between Tom Pugh more

  • The Revelation Of Jesus Pt 1 Series

    Contributed by Dan Campbell on Feb 3, 2003
    based on 41 ratings

    We are at the beginning of the twenty first century and it appears that we are emerging from under the ominous threat of nuclear holocaust that marked the cold war.

    THE REVELATION OF JESUS We are at the beginning of the twenty first century and it appears that we are emerging from under the ominous threat of nuclear holocaust that marked the cold war. Yet even as some preach that safety and peace is at hand, others warn of new possibilities for more

  • Realized Christianity Series

    Contributed by Tim Bond on May 27, 2004
    based on 56 ratings

    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 more