First Century Church - Part 2

Life was, in some respects so much simpler then. Yet, in other aspects it was much the same as today. That is, the gospel has never changed. People have changed, but the gospel has not changed. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul gives instructions to Timothy to "preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." (2 Timothy 4:2 ESV) 

We learn that the reason for being ready to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with patience and love is that, even in the early church, there were teachers who opposed the gospel of Jesus being preached and taught by Paul and the other apostles. Timothy was warned about one such individual. Listen in and see how we should treat such individuals today - spoiler alert, it comes down to how we are to treat our enemies and persecutors. 

First Century Church

We will be looking at the early church over the next few weeks. This week with Philippians 2:25-30 as the textual basis, we look at the example of service, love, and honor demonstrated by Epaphroditus to Paul while he was imprisoned in Rome. While it is not a long passage, we get a clear picture of how much Epaphroditus loved his brothers and sisters in Philippi yet he also loved Paul and went to care and provide for him in prison. 

2 Samuel 3 - The Steadfast Covenant

 Do you covenant with a kingdom that is not the Kingdom of Light? Do you not understand the depth and faithfulness of the the covenant and Hesed, steadfast love of the LORD? Is understanding where God's faithfulness is when you feel so distant a struggle for you? Please listen and see Christ and His passionate love for His Bride in the narrative about David and Michal and Abner's covenant.

Genesis 29 - A Tale of Two Sisters

Jacob has fled from his brother and travels to his uncle Laban's where he falls in love with Rachel and agrees to work seven years for her hand in marriage. Rachel has an older sister who is not as beautiful; after the seven years, Laban sends Leah (the older sister) into Jacob's marriage tent and bed. In the morning, Jacob is furious but agrees to work another seven years for Rachel. Leah is hated by Jacob, yet she bears him several sons - including Judah and Levi. 

We continue to learn much about how God loves His daughters as we learn about Leah and Rachel. Listen to this tale of two sisters.