Further Study: Worship in the Early Church
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Ellen G. White, “Pentecost,” pp. 35–46; “The Gift of the Spirit,” pp. 47–56; “Exalting the Cross,” pp. 201–210; “Corinth,” pp. 243–254; “Called to Reach a Higher Standard,” pp. 309–322, in The Acts of the Apostles. “Holiness is not rapture: it is an entire surrender of the will to God; it is living by every word … [Click to read more …]

Paul on Mars Hill
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St Paul Preaching in Athens

In the days of the early church, we can see another example of the issue of worship, and of what people worship—this time in the ministry of the apostle Paul when he was in Athens, the place where three of the world’s most influential philosophers (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle) once lived. What a different audience … [Click to read more …]

The Preaching of the Word
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A great part of the Protestant worship tradition has been the preaching of the Word. A sacred responsibility falls upon the one given the task to feed the sheep, to teach and to preach and to exhort and to encourage. Music, liturgy, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and foot washing all have their place, but, perhaps, … [Click to read more …]

12: Worship in the Early Church – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: God’s Word regarding His law, our history with Him, His redeeming acts, and the future are the foundations of our worship. 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 1:8-11. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. Should a focus of our worship … [Click to read more …]

Many Proofs
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From a human perspective, Jesus’ earthly ministry did not look so successful. Though He had attracted a fairly popular following while alive, it did not catch on en masse. Many leaders rejected Him, and, of course, the Romans crucified Him, causing His closest disciples to scatter and flee. Things looked pretty bad until His resurrection … [Click to read more …]