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Rediscovering our roots, by learning from the earliest expressions of ‘The Church’.

 

SHARING TESTIMONIES

Ask people, who are willing, to share their stories on when they were baptised and what stands out to them as significant about that moment in their lives.

Read Acts 2:37-41.

What connects baptism and repentance? Why is baptism a visible sign of repentance?

What are we ‘leaving behind’ when we are baptised?

Read Romans 6:1-4.

INTRODUCTION: There are different opinions about whether this is talking about literal water baptism or ‘being immersed into Jesus’ through faith. Whatever way you interpret it, there is a very close connection between being baptised in water and the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

QUESTION: What impact is this meant to have on a believer’s day-to-day life? How might recalling and thinking about our water baptisms help us to live a Godly life this week?

INTRODUCTION QUESTIONS

The first comment about the early church tells us that they ‘devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching’ Acts 2:42 

Why do you think a devotion to teaching is held in such high importance?

According to other parts of the Bible (e.g. Romans 12:2), what is ‘wrong’ with our thinking that requires ‘teaching’?

 


 

Helpful guide (from Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology):

The apostles had the special task of laying the foundation for the Church of all ages. It is only through their word that believers of all following ages have communion with Jesus Christ. Hence they are the apostles of the Church in the present day as well as they were the apostles of the primitive Church.

Special ‘qualifications’ of the Apostles:

(a) received their commission directly from God or from Jesus Christ, Mark 3:14; Luke 6:13; Gal. 1:1

(b) were witnesses of the life of Christ and especially of His resurrection, John 15:27; Acts 1:21, 22; 1 Cor. 9:1

(c) were conscious of being inspired by the Spirit of God in all their teaching, both oral and written, Acts 15:28; 1 Cor. 2:13; 1 Thess. 4:8; 1 John 5:9-12 

(d) had the power to perform miracles and used this on several occasions to ratify their message, 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:4

(e) were richly blessed in their work as a sign of the divine approval of their labours, 1 Cor. 9:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:2-3; Gal. 2:8.

 


 

What is so special about the Apostles’ teaching compared to anyone else’s?

 


 

PRACTICAL QUESTIONS

What are some BIG GOALS of learning from the Bible? 

What has and hasn’t worked for you, to learn from the Bible?

What role do you see yourself playing in helping others learn from the Bible?