What is a church? – Part 9

This week I read Acts 14. This is the 2nd half of Barnabas and Paul’s first missionary journey. Let us look at some interesting points in this Chapter. Barnabas and Paul are traveling and preaching. They only leave the places they preach when persecution comes, which means for their safety. Until they are in danger, … Read More

What is a church? Part 8

This week I read Acts 13. This is the start of Paul’s missionary journey. We also see their strategy for preaching. Let us look at some interesting point in this Chapter. The church in Antioch is mentioned again. As a separate entity than that of Jerusalem While the church in Jerusalem has elders, we read … Read More

What is a church? Part 7

This week I read Acts 10-12. Before we look at the text in detail, I will summarize what happens. We start with Cornelius being a God-fearing man. He is instructed to send men to fetch Peter. (Acts 10:1-8). Peter is praying on the roof of a house he is staying at in Joppa. He gets … Read More

What is a church? Part 6

This week I read Acts 9. In this chapter we see Saul travel Damascus to persecute Christians. On the way he has an encounter with Jesus and is saved. Ananias is sent to him and baptises him (Acts 9:1-19a). Saul starts preaching in the synagogues, and when his life is threatened, he escapes to Jerusalem … Read More

What is a church? Part 5

What is a church? Part 5

This week I read through Acts 8. We start with Saul approving of Stephen’s death and the news that the church is scattered because of persecution. The Apostles remain in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1-3). Philip, one of the seven, goes to Samaria. There he preaches and does miracles. Many believe and are baptized. Simon the Magician … Read More

What is a church? Part 4

What is a church? Part 4

During the last week I read Acts 5, 6 and 7. In these chapters we read about Ananias and Sapphira who sold land to give to the believers. They lied about how much they got, claiming to have given all, when in fact they gave only a portion. God kills them for the lie (Acts … Read More

What is a church? Part 3

What is a church? Part 3

This week I read Acts 3 and 4. Briefly what happens is Peter and John are going to the temple to pray, when they heal a man in Jesus name (Acts 3:1-10). When questioned on this they preach Jesus resurrected (Acts 3:11-26). This angers the Sadducees who have them arrested (Acts 4:1-4). Later they are … Read More

What is a church? Part 2

This week I went through Acts 2. In this chapter the believers are waiting for the Holy Spirit. As they are filled/baptized they start speaking in tongues, which in the context of the chapter is foreign languages (Acts 2:1-4). The believers are then outside, and everyone hears the gospel in his/her language. This creates a … Read More

What is a Church? Part 1

As I read chapter 1 from Acts, more questions are raised than answers given. This is natural considering that I do not want to read my preconceived ideas into the scripture. I will go through these questions in this post. I will do this based on how I read, which is paragraph by paragraph. Acts … Read More