Summary: 1 of ? Luke records the shared & positive response of receiving Jesus as Savior & Lord. The Bond of Christian experience is shared. But what Camaraderie is shared among Christians? Christian Camaraderie is built upon a shared...
The MAKING Of CHRISTIAN CAMARADERIE—Acts 2:36-47
There are experiences that only soldiers have in common. And there are experiences that soldiers of particular conflicts have in common.
Stateside(& elsewhere), soldiers have available to them, at least two groups that foster their camaraderie gained while serving together...The American Legion & the Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW).
The legion.org opening paragraph partially describes their mission as follows:
“The American Legion was chartered & incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness...committed to mentoring youth & sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism & honor, promoting strong national security, & continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers & veterans.”
And in those statements resides an inherent camaraderie.
The vfw.org site states:
Our Mission: “To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military & our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.”
Our Vision: “Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, & are recognized for the sacrifices they & their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.”
Likewise, there are experiences only soldiers in the Lord’s service—God’s people— have in common.
‘Camaraderie’—“A spirit of friendly good-fellowship.”—Merriam-Webster Dictionary. OR--“Mutual trust & friendship among people who spend a lot of time together”—New Oxford American Dictionary.
*For our purposes today, ‘Camaraderie’ is—“Mutual trust, friendship, & good-fellowship among people with a shared experience.”
Today we will apply the camaraderie that is shared among veterans, to The Bond of Christian Experience, by describing:
The MAKING Of CHRISTIAN CAMARADERIE—Acts 2:36-47
Luke records the shared & positive response of receiving Jesus as Savior & Lord.
The Camaraderie/Bond of Christian experience is shared.
*What Camaraderie is shared among Christians?
12 definers of Christian Camaraderie.
1—Christian Camaraderie is built upon a shared...
:36—““Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord & Christ.””
“Assuredly”—asfalwv—Adverb—1) Safety(so as to prevent escape), assuredly. Strong—Securely(literally or figuratively). Used 3X--Mk. 14:44; Acts 2:36; Acts 16:23.?From—A(as a negative particle)—&—sfallw—To “fail.”
“God has made this Jesus whom you crucified, both Lord & Christ.”—
“Crucified” certifies that Jesus was dead!
“Both Lord & Christ” certifies that Jesus lives!
“Both Lord & Christ” also certifies:
1)That Jesus of Nazareth is “Lord”?That is, the living Jesus who was crucified, is the ‘Master’ of all people & all people are answerable to Him!
2)That Jesus of Nazareth is “Christ”?That is, the living Jesus who was crucified, is God’s only & unique ‘Anointed One.’ He is the promised Messiah. He is Shiloh(tranquility/peace/security-bringer).
Jn. 6:27—“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
*These people are at the Feast of Weeks(Pentecost) celebrating the time of wheat harvest, were instrumental in crucifying their Lord & Christ & by that rejection of Jesus of Nazareth, is also a rejection of God’s Headship over them thru His Anointed One!
2—Christian Camaraderie is built upon a shared...
:37—“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, & said to Peter & the rest of the apostles, “Men & brethren, what shall we do?””
The crowd responded: “To Peter & the rest of the apostles.”—
In :42 it is also stated that the resulting ‘church’ “Continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine.”
Gal. 1:1-12—“Paul, an apostle(not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ & God the Father who raised Him from the dead), & all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you & peace from God the Father & our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God & Father, to whom be glory forever & ever. Amen. I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you & want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.”