Daily Devotional

August 20, 2014 – The Church Continued In the Apostles Teaching

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

The reason that the church in Jerusalem continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching is because their teachings were from God and given to them through the Holy Spirit.  Jesus promised them that the Holy Spirit would come and teach them all things, guide them into all truth, and remind them of things Jesus had taught them (John ...

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August 19, 2014 – Singing in Worship

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”  (Eph. 5:18-19)

Joyful, exuberant, heart-felt singing is one evidence that a church is Spirit-filled.  Paul said, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17).  ...

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August 18, 2014 – The Lord’s Supper

“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This ...

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August 15, 2014 – The Local Church—Its Autonomy

“To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.” (I Cor. 1:2)

The universal church has no committees, no governing boards, and no organizational structure other than Jesus Christ who is the head of the church (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18).  Jesus Christ is the head of ...

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August 14, 2014 – How Does One Enter The Church?

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.” Isa. 2:2)

In prophesying of the establishment of the church, Isaiah made the statement of our text and he said that all nations shall flow to it—the church.  We learn that citizenship in the kingdom or membership ...

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August 13, 2014 – The Early Church

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42                                                                                              Our text provides us with a powerful message regarding the first church established in Jerusalem according to the prophecies.  The book of Acts is a description of the birth of the Lord’s church and the expansion of the gospel as Jesus commanded in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).  While the Gospels focus on the teaching of Jesus, ...

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August 12, 2014 – The Church—Universal and Local

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)

The term “church” is translated from the original Greek word “ekklesia,” which is a compound of two other Greek words “ek” which means “out of” and “kaleo” which means “to call.”  Therefore, the term “church” means the “called out.”  Our text is the first place in ...

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August 11, 2014 – Guided Into All Truth

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:12-13)

In His love for His disciples Jesus was giving them preparation and comfort for the upcoming events regarding Himself and ...

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August 8, 2014 – The Authority of Jesus Christ

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”            (Matt. 28:18-20).

Previous to our Lord ascending back into Heaven ...

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August 7, 2014- -The Church

“….And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)

Wayne Jackson in the Christian Courier said, “The precious organism, known in the common versions of the New Testament as the church of Jesus Christ, is a unique entity.  Its pristine integrity must ever be preserved, and its beauty valued by every genuine Christian of the modern world.”

When the apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit they began preaching the ...

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