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April 24, 2014

The Practice of Christian Fellowship, part 4

The Practice of Christian Fellowship, part 4

While it certainly is not a sin for Christians to socialize, Christian fellowship goes beyond mere socializing; it involves followers of Christ coming together face to face to talk with each other from their knowledge of and experience with God and His Word. With that working definition in mind, we are exploring why Christian fellowship is so important-it is vital for our spiritual growth and progress.

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April 22, 2014

Our Purpose: What? part four

Our Purpose: What? part four

We exist to explain the gospel and to call people to become disciples of Christ. But what does a disciple look like? If we don’t know what a disciple looks like, how will we know if we are fulfilling our calling to make disciples? Here are two additional traits (the first two traits are found here):

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April 18, 2014

Mark Study Sheet for Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mark Study Sheet for Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mark 12:13-44 continues a string of episodes around the Temple. Having symbolized the coming destruction upon the Temple (11:12-25), Jesus is approached by a delegation of the Jewish religious leadership who demanded to know the basis of His authority (11:17-12:12). While the Temple incident occurred on Monday, the following conflicts between Jesus and the religious leaders probably all occurred on Tuesday.

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April 17, 2014

The Practice of Christian Fellowship, part 3

The Practice of Christian Fellowship, part 3

Christian fellowship involves followers of Christ coming together face to face to talk with each other from their knowledge of and experience with God and His Word. We are exploring why Christian fellowship is so important-it is vital for our spiritual growth and progress.

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April 15, 2014

Our Purpose: What? part 3

Our Purpose: What? part 3

We exist to explain the gospel and to call people to become disciples of Christ. But what does a disciple look like? If we don’t know what a disciple looks like, how will we know if we are fulfilling our calling to make disciples? Here is what a disciple looks like:

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April 11, 2014

Mark Study Sheet for April 13, 2014

Mark Study Sheet for April 13, 2014

While Mark 11-16 details the last week of Jesus’ life, Mark 11-13 is a string of episodes that occur around the Temple. Starting in 11:27 there are a series of different conflicts between Jesus and the religious leaders. Mark 11:27-12:12, which is the first of these conflicts between Jesus and the religious leaders, is one episode with two parts. The first part (11:27-33) reports Jesus being interrogated about His authority. The second part (12:1-12) records a parable concerning tenant farmers.

A group of chief priests, scribes, and elders (the very ones Jesus predicted in 8:31 would kill Him) approached Jesus. These men, probably a group from the Sanhedrin—who were a Jewish religious counsel—wanted to know the authority behind Jesus’ preceding actions and teachings at the Temple. On the one hand, the religious council was recognizing that Jesus had displayed a unique empowerment. But on the other hand, their question was asked in order to find an opportunity to entrap Him.

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April 10, 2014

The Practice of Christian Fellowship, part 2

The Practice of Christian Fellowship, part 2

In the last post we took a look at what I mean by the term Christian Fellowship. Christian fellowship goes beyond mere socializing; it is followers of Christ coming together face to face to talk with each other from their knowledge of and experience with God and His Word. In this post I want to explore why it is important.

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April 8, 2014

Our Purpose: What? part 2

Our Purpose: What? part 2

Our Lord has commissioned his church to make disciples. Our Lord has not only commissioned what he wants us to do, but he has commissioned how he wants us to do it. He has given us a purpose, and he has given us a plan to carry out that purpose. So the question is this: What is our mission as a church? What is it that we exist as a church to do?

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April 4, 2014

Mark Study Sheet for Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mark Study Sheet for Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mark 11:12-25 Mark Study #26 Mark 11-16 reports the last week of Jesus’ life detailing what occurred in Jerusalem during those seven days. Mark 11:12-25 records the events of Jesus’ second day in Jerusalem. Mark sandwiches two episodes together. The cursing of the Temple (11:15-19) is sandwiched between the cursing of a fig tree (11:12-14; [...]

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April 3, 2014

The Practice of Christian Fellowship, part 1

The Practice of Christian Fellowship, part 1

What is Christian fellowship and why is it an important Spiritual Discipline? That’s two questions. I will take one in this post and the other in the next post.

What is Christian fellowship? In a chapter entitled, Cultivate Koinonia, from his book, Simplify Your Spiritual Life, Dr. Donald Whitney writes:

The word fellowship in the New Testament (as in Acts 2:42) is a translation of the Greek word koinonia. At its root koinonia describes two or more people in close association and often speaks of these people as sharing in something, such as a marriage or business. Christian koinonia exists between everyone who knows God through Jesus Christ (see 1 John 1:3). Everyone united with Christ by faith is also united with everyone else united with Christ. The same Holy Spirit indwells all believers and gives each a common share in the body of Christ, the church. As the apostle Paul put it, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body . . . and all have been made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

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