Throughout Scripture we see God using ordinary people, the relatively unknown characters of history, to work for His purposes. Exodus tells of Hur, the husband of Miriam, Moses' brother-in-law. He only appears in two places in Exodus, with little known about his life. But these little known characters, like Hur, provide us with lessons in our own faith walk.
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Throughout Scripture, God has used miraculous signs and wonders to confirm His Word. In Egypt, God confirmed His promises to the children of Israel. In the wilderness, He continued to confirm His Word through signs and wonders. Jesus said of His own works that they confirm who He is.
When Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they met a man lame from birth at the Beautiful Gate. The miracle that gave this man his legs amazed the onlookers in the temple. Peter, seizing upon their amazement, points to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who glorified His Servant, Jesus Christ. It was this same Servant whom the Jewish leaders disavowed and asked for a murderer to be released instead (Acts 3:14). But more amazing than giving a lame man working legs, Jesus gives those who believe in Him eternal life.
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In this session, we continue our look at the Apostolic Fathers, a collection of writings dating from the late first and early second centuries. Some of the authors had ties to the Lord's Apostles; Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John. The letters of Ignatius were written by Ignatius, the bishop of Antioch, who was an acquaintance of Polycarp.
Today's session is an overview of Second Clement and the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch.
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In many ways, the life of Abraham becomes an allegory of sorts for the Christian life. We see times of tremendous faith, such as when Abraham rose early to offer up Isaac to the Lord as seen in Genesis 22. We see times of questioning, as when Abraham asked the Lord in Genesis 15, “O Lord God, what will You give me since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” We see times of great courage, as when Abraham pursued the kings who took his nephew, Lot, captive; pursuing them hundreds of miles to rescue his relative. And we see times of great cowardice, as when he claimed Sarah was his sister instead of his wife, not once but twice.
And, as we see in Genesis 16, we see times of stumbling. Assured of the Lord's promise to raise a child from his own flesh, Abram still stumbled, following his wife's counsel to bear a child through her maid, Hagar; perhaps this would be how the promise was to be fulfilled.
But through it all, we see the constancy of God. He never changes, nor does He waiver in His commitment to His promises, despite Abraham's, and our own, failings.
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We go through our lives day in and day out, encountering the same people; often times not paying them any attention. But what if we stopped and truly saw the needs of those around us? What if we truly saw their greatest need was to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Today, we look at Peter and John, Apostles together sent out by the Lord Himself to preach the Gospel. After Peter's sermon on Pentecost, and the explosive growth of the church, we see Peter and John returning to their day-to-day routines, but now with a new focus. Entering the temple at the ninth hour to pray, as they did regularly, they now see those whom, perhaps, they hadn't noticed before. This includes a lame man, begging for alms of all the faithful Jews carrying out their ritual. But this time, this lame beggar received far more than the silver and gold he asked; he has an encounter with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which radically transforms him, and all who accept it.
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In this session, we continue our look at the Apostolic Fathers, the earliest writings of the early church outside scripture. Some of these authors likely knew at least some of the Lord's Apostles. As we see in our continued review of 1 Clement, this letter from the church in Rome to the church in Corinth makes mention of the travels and writings of Paul as well as of Peter. Ignatius was an acquaintance of Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of the Apostle John.
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Who are the Apostolic Fathers? More accurately, what are the Apostolic Fathers? The Apostolic Fathers is a collection of the earliest surviving Christian writings outside the New Testament. Written in the period roughly from AD 95 to 140, these writings were created in the first generation after the Apostles
While not part of the Canon of Scripture, these writings provide an insight into the early church as it moved out of the Age of the Apostles. The best of these show a firm belief in the doctrines of Scripture as taught by the Apostles.
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Scripture reveals many things about the character and nature of God. Among these, He is described as the creator, the sustainer and the restorer. God is still active in the world today, creating new life, seen in every child's birth. As the sustainer of his creation, Colossians tells us, "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (1:17)" And God is still active in restoring a fallen world to Himself through the work of Christ.
In this last element, restoration, the Lord uses the Church, for the Church is God's work in the world to preach the Gospel; to reach lost souls in the twin ministries of restoration and reconciliation.
In Acts 2, we witnessed the birth and explosive growth of the Church on Pentecost. Now, as we close out this chapter, we see a model of what the Church is called to be. This is seen in terms of its
- Spiritual Duties
- Spiritual Character
- Spiritual Impact
In the time of COVID, when many churches are forced to shut down, or move to other means of meeting, this passage becomes even more relevant than ever in recent history.
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Hebrews 11 is often known as the Hall of Faith, or the Roll Call of the Faithful. Many of the notable characters of scripture are recorded, Enoch, Abraham, Moses, etc. In addition to these, Hebrews 11 closes with many who are unnamed. Yet, through the descriptions given, we see the writer of Hebrew had, or may have had specific characters in mind. For instance, when referring to those sawn in two, he may have been thinking of the prophet Isaiah.
In this weeks lesson, we look at six examples in Old Testament Scripture whom the writer of Hebrews may have had in mind as he penned his letter to the church.
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Peter has finished his first sermon on the day of Pentecost. To the Jews gathered in Jerusalem, he laid out before them the truth regarding Jesus Christ. First, that in Jesus Christ they were witnesses to fulfilled prophecy. Second, even though He was the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, they killed Him. Finally, all this was according to the predetermined will of God, but they bore the guilt of handing Him over to sinful men to be executed; but vindicated by the Father through the resurrection.
Now faced with this reality, the Jews are cut to the core. Realizing their sin, they asked the key question, "What must we do?" This is the question posed to all humanity. In the face of our sin, and in the presence of a Holy God, what must we do?
As you listen to today's lesson, may you be blessed through the teaching of God's Holy Word. May you know and experience the grace of God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
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