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CHRISTIAN FAMILY LIFE
Part 22

Given by bro. C.B. Beekhuizen, HollandGiven by bro. C.B. Beekhuizen, Holland

THE EARLY CHURCH IN PRACTICE
To know how the first Christian came together, we must make a study of the book Acts. There we learn the following things:


  1. They came together as group in (rented) rooms (Acts 1:13; 20:8)

  2. In the temple (Acts 2:46a)

  3. In the houses (2:46b; 28:30)

  4. In a synagogue (9:20; 13:5,15; 14:1; 17:2,10; 18:4,26)

  5. At the river (16:13)

  6. In the prison (16:25)

  7. On the markets (17:17)

  8. On a discusses platform (17:19)

  9. During traveling, in a vehicle or in a ship (8:29-31; 27:1)

  10. In a court-room (25:23)

In that time the believers were called, in connection with Psalm 84:6; Jes. 35:8 and John 14:6,




  1. Christians (Acts 11:26; 1 Pet. 4:16)

  2. People of the way (Acts 22:4)

  3. People of the way and that sect (24:4)

  4. People of that sect (28:22)

Is “The Way”, what is the Lord Jesus Christ, in your heart? (Eph. 3:17)


Now we will ask some questions about gathering of the believers:
1.In Matthew 16:18 the Church is seen as something future and built on a Rock. Is that rock Peter?
2.Matthew 18:20 speaks of two or three gathered unto Christ's name, and Him in the midst. That certainly seems significant?
3.In Luke 22:19-20, the Lord passed bread and wine and told the disciples to "do this." This seems to be expanded on in 1 Corinthians 11 and associated with some serious admonitions. Please explain!


4.In Acts 2, strange things happened, disciples are seen gathered together in a new way, and the Lord added to the Church daily. Is this when the Lord began building His Church?
5.What is ordaining elders in every church in Acts 14:23? Is that leadership? How does that tie in with Acts 20:28; 1 Thessalonians 5: 12 and ] Timothy 3:2-12? Are the elders the clergy?
6.In Acts 19, there are several uses of the word assembly that don't seem to be religious in nature. What does that mean?
7.In Acts 20:7 the disciples broke bread on the first day of the week. Is that significant?
8.Romans 12:3-10 speaks of gifts, functions and members? Does that refer to the Church? How does this tie in with ] Corinthians 12:4-28 and Ephesians 4:1 1-16?
9.Romans 16:17-18 speaks of division-makers and actions regarding them. I found too a number of similar verses such as 1 Corinthians 5; 1 Thessalonians 5:14 and 2 Thessalonians 3 :6,14-15. Do these verses have to do with maintaining order in the Lord's Church?
10.Romans 16:25-26 speaks of something as a mystery. Is that the Church? What does it mean? How does it connect with Ephesians 3:3-10 and Colossians I:25-27?
11.Why in 1 Corinthians 1:1-2 are all in every place brought into a letter written to one church? In this regard, why is the church sometimes a few Christians in one locality, as at Corinth, and sometimes much larger in scope as in Matthew 16:18?
12.Do verses 10-13 of that first chapter of 1 Corinthians speak of internal strife in the church at Corinth?
13.In 1 Corinthians 3: I 6- I 7, how does the Temple of God fit into this?
14.In chapter 10 the cup of wine and the bread seem to have spiritual meanings. What are they?
15.In chapter 12 how can a church be a body? How are we baptized into one body?
16.Chapter 14 seems to speak of orderly functioning of an assembly. How does speaking in tongues and women speaking, or not speaking get involved in this order? Does rt have anything to do with God's order of headship in chapter 11?
17.From 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, does “giving" have anything to do with assembly fellowship?
18.In 2 Corinthians 3:1, what are letters of commendation?
19.Ephesians 1:22-23 says the Church is the Lord's body. How?
20.Chapter 2:14-16 says that Jews and Gentiles are in one body. Does that connect with the above?
21.Verses 19-22 say the house of God is being built. How does that connect to the Church?

22.The fourth chapter of Ephesians is confusing -so many concepts. Can you explain them?
23.In chapter 5:23-32 the Church is likened to a husband and wife. Why?
24.Colossians 1:18 says that Christ is the Head of the Church .What does that mean ?
25.What is holding the Head in Colossians 2:19?
26.1 Timothy 2:11-12 speaks about woman's silence or quietness, and women teaching. Explain?
27.1 Timothy 3:15 speaks of proper behavior and then calls the Church the house of God. How are these related and what do the terms indicate?
28.Why the discouragement seen in 2 Timothy 1?
29.2 Timothy 2:19-22 seems to be Paul's instructions to Timothy as to how and with whom be should fellowship. What is the significance of these verses?
30.Hebrews 10:25 seems to indicate that Christians assembling together is important to God.
31.Hebrews 13:13 says to gather unto Christ outside the camp. What does that mean?
32.It seems from 1 Peter 2:5-9 that Christians should worship and serve? Is that everyone or only those ordained to be the clergy like the Old Testament priests?
33.1 Peter 4: 10-11 seems to indicate that those who have a gift should use it. Who are those people?
34.Revelation 2-3 seem to be rather strange letters to seven churches. What do they mean?
35.Why does the Church seem to disappear in Revelation? Is it found there after chapter 3?

RPD





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