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 Glenstone Baptist Church, July, 2019

THE EARLY CHURCH

Have you ever considered the challenges/risks of being a follower of Christ in the days following His crucifixion and resurrection? There was nothing easy in those days. In fact, people began to suffer persecution during the lifetime of Christ. An example of this persecution is found in the 9th chapter of John where we read that the parents of the man Jesus healed were denied the privilege of worship in the Temple.

In the days following Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, little record remains of daily life for His followers until after the Day of Pentecost. On that day we find 3000 people identifying with the movement. But, this was only the public beginning. Initially, the apostles were allowed to preach the Word in Jerusalem, but as the number of followers increased, so did the enmity of the established worship system in Jerusalem. It is important to note that the earliest growth was largely attributed to lay people instead of to the apostles.

It is interesting that persecution of the Christians did not become a regular feature at first. In fact, persecution by political systems and governments generally came about much later. The earliest persecution was primarily done by the Jewish religious leaders.

Resistance was originally limited to the Jewish leadership and was basically directed at the Apostles. Their preaching was done boldly, but believers were constantly being added to the number. One of the results of these persecutions was that the main Christian leaders were forced out of Jerusalem, some going to the Samaritans who were generally not thought worthy of salvation or even of fellowship. (Acts 8:3-5 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.) (NIV)

Inasmuch as imprisonments and beatings failed, the resistance to the Gospel increased until finally Stephen was stoned to death and Saul of Tarsus (who would later be known as Paul) became the chief leader of persecution.

Essentially, the church leaders were forced out of Jerusalem as noted above. Some would go to Samaria and others would go even farther. Interestingly, wherever they went they found people who were not Jews would accept Christ. Peter even found that a Gentile centurion, Cornelius, could make such a decision.   This would be confirmed later on by the results experienced by Barnabas and Saul as they found Gentiles accepting Christ when Jews would not. This resulted in their later witness being directed to the Gentiles.

Let us realize that much of the growth of the early church must be credited to the work of lay men and women who led friends and neighbors to Christ. We should be so inspired by their work that we attempt to duplicate it in our day. Most, if not all, of the fastest growing churches in our day are blessed by their members winning other people to the Lord. If we expect our church to grow today, we must be willing to tell our friends and neighbors about Christ as the early Christians did.

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Jesus….saith unto him, “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee.” (Mark 5:19)

GO TEAM FOR JULY

Go Team for July will feature Dr. Robert “Bob” Kipfer and his wife Barbara. They will be speaking about bears, including bears of Missouri. The Kipfers are members of the Springfield Plateau Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists. Dr. Kipfer is a retired physician and hospital administrator and Barbara is a retired registered nurse and former college nursing faculty member. They are most welcome as they return to be with us. This program will be on July 16th at 11:00 AM and will be followed by our potluck meal.

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To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students... here is something to make you chuckle.

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing he said was 'DON'T ! '

 

'Don't what?' Adam replied.

'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said.

'Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit?
Hey Eve, we have forbidden fruit! '


No Way!' 'Yes way!'

'Do NOT eat the fruit! ' said God..

'Why?'

'Because I am your Father and I said so! ' God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.

 

A few minutes later, God saw His children having a fruit break and He was ticked!
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit,' God asked.


'Uh huh,' Adam replied.

'Then why did you?' said the Father.

'I don't know,' said Eve.

'She started it! ' Adam said.

'Did not! ' 'Did too! ' 'DID NOT ! '

Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

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This is a quiz for people who know everything! I found out in a hurry that I didn't. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

 

Answers To Quiz:

1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends . Boxing

2. North American landmark constantly moving backward. Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)

3. The fruit with its seeds on the outside . Strawberry.