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Early Church

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common;they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts,praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved (Acts 2:43-47, NRSV).

Review of 2 Corinthians

Paul had his work cut out for him.

He had some strong words for the Corinthian church,.

History indicates that this strengthened their resolve.

Sometimes the church is foolish today. Strong words may be exactly what is needed for the church to stay faithful in today’s world.

Categories: 2 Corinthians, Church, paul

Diotrephes

I wrote to the church. But Diotrephes won’t have anything to do with us. He loves to be the first in everything. So if I come, I will point out what he is doing. He is saying evil things about us to others. Even that doesn’t satisfy him. He refuses to welcome other believers. He also keeps others from welcoming them. In fact, he throws them out of the church.

Dear friend, don’t be like those who do evil. Be like those who do good. Anyone who does what is good belongs to God. Anyone who does what is evil hasn’t really seen or known God (3 John 9-11, NIrV).

Categories: Church, Diotrephes

Qualities of a Church Leader

An elder must be without blame. He must be faithful to his wife. His children must be believers. They must not give anyone a reason to say that they are wild and don’t obey.

A church leader is trusted with God’s work. That’s why he must be without blame. He must not look after only his own interests. He must not get angry easily. He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must not try to get money by cheating people.

Instead, he must welcome people into his home. He must love what is good. He must control his mind and feelings. He must do what is right. He must be holy. He must control what his body longs for. The message as it has been taught can be trusted. He must hold firmly to it. Then he will be able to use true teaching to comfort others and build them up. He will be able to prove that people who oppose it are wrong (Titus 1:6-9, NIrV).

Categories: Church, Leadership, Titus

Help When We Need It

Suppose a woman is a believer and has widows in her family. She should help them. She shouldn’t let the church pay the expenses. Then the church can help the widows who really need it.

The elders who do the church’s work well are worth twice as much honor. That is true in a special way of elders who preach and teach (1 Timothy 5:16-17, NIrV).

Categories: 1 timothy, Church, Widow

So You Want to Be a Church Leader?

Here is a saying you can trust. If anyone wants to be a leader in the church, he wants to do a good work for God and people.

A leader must be free from blame. He must be faithful to his wife. In anything he does, he must not go too far. He must control himself. He must be worthy of respect. He must welcome people into his home. He must be able to teach.He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must be gentle. He must not be a person who likes to argue. He must not love money.

He must manage his own family well. He must make sure that his children obey him and show him proper respect.Suppose someone doesn’t know how to manage his own family. Then how can he take care of God’s church?

The leader must not be a new believer. If he is, he might become proud. Then he would be judged just like the devil.

The leader must also be respected by those who are outside the church. Then he will not be put to shame. He will not fall into the devil’s trap (1 Timothy 3:1-7).

Categories: 1 timothy, Church

Church, Body of Christ II

Follow the lead of one another because of your respect for Christ.

Wives, follow the lead of your husbands as you follow the Lord. The husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church. The church is Christ’s body. He is its Savior. The church follows the lead of Christ. In the same way, wives should follow the lead of their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives. Love them just as Christ loved the church. He gave himself up for her. He did it to make her holy. He made her clean by washing her with water and the word. He did it to bring her to himself as a brightly shining church. He wants a church that has no stain or wrinkle or any other flaw. He wants a church that is holy and without blame.

In the same way, husbands should love their wives. They should love them as they love their own bodies. Any man who loves his wife loves himself. After all, people have never hated their own bodies. Instead, they feed and care for their bodies. And that is what Christ does for the church. We are parts of his body.

Scripture says, “That’s why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The two will become one.” (Genesis 2:24) That is a deep mystery. But I’m talking about Christ and the church.

A husband also must love his wife. He must love her just as he loves himself. And a wife must respect her husband (Ephesians 5:21-33, NIrV)
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Categories: Christ, Church, Ephesians
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