The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 5

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The deception of Ananias and Sapphira

In contrast to the example of Barnabas were Ananias and Sapphira. This married couple evidentially had participated in the Christian community enjoying the benefits of being in fellowship with their fellow Christians. When the time came and the need arose for them to sell their property, they withheld a portion of the sale and lied about what they had received from the sale of the property. Ananias and Sapphira were not required to give any of the sales to the church; however, they did with a lie. Ananias and Sapphira were, in effect, trying to rob God. When Ananias had thrown the money at Peter’s feet, Peter proclaimed that “Satan had filled their hearts (5:3)” (NASB). Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 5”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 4

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 The Generosity of the Believers

The opening verse of the passage states that “everything was held in common (32)”NASB. This was not a political philosophy but rather the believer’s commitment to one another. Luke professes that no one in the community kept ownership of their property but had given it freely for the common good. The apostles “advocated voluntary sharing of possessions, not the abolition of ownership” (Kistemaker, 173). The Apostles encouraged but did not demand, the sharing of property. The notion that Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 4”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 3

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PRESENTATION OF TEXT

Scripture Passage

Act 4:31b-5:12 they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.  (33)  And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.  (34)  For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales  (35)  and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.  (36)  Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 3”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 2

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Literary Context

The beginning of the passage starts at Acts 4:31b-32 “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit  and began to speak the word of God with boldness and the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them” (NASB). Beginning with Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 2”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 1

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The Beginning of the Christian Church (Acts 4:32 – 5:12)

by: Christopher M. Flees

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………….      Part 1

            ORIENTATION AND CONTEXT………………………………….   Part  1

                        SIGNIFICANCE OF TEXT………………………………….   Part 1

                        HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL SETTING…………………… Part 1

                        LITERARY CONTEXT………………………………………  Part  2

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John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 5

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The last multiple variable in the scripture is in verse 7. The sentence reads like this: “If you have (known or knew) me you (would, should, or will) (know or knew) my father.” This issue is based around the interpretation of the tense of the word combinations used. While this seems to be a little issue at the surface, it has some serious implications. Jesus is saying that He had revealed the Father to Thomas properly, within himself. This passage states that the apostles did not truly know who he was. If the apostles knew who he truly was they would have realized that they knew the Father as well (Kruse, 294). Continue reading “John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 5”

John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 4

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Outline of Passage

I. Jesus and Peter’s Dialogue

A. Peter’s Question

B.  Jesus’ Answer

C.  Peter’s Rebuttal

D.  Jesus’ Rebuke

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John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 3

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Text Critical Notes

The first issue in our text is in 13:37-38, we see Peter willing and eager in speech to willingly lay his life down for Jesus. Jesus responds “will you willingly die for me?” Jesus then predicts Peter’s denial of him.

The next issue that needs to be looked at is verse 14:1, “Believe in God”. There are two uses of the word “Believe” (pisteuete). “Believe” (pisteuete) Continue reading “John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 3”

John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 2

Literary Context

The Gospel of John is a narrative that picks out bits and pieces of Jesus’ ministry (Tenney 12). The order is not the same as in the synoptic Gospels. There are a few different theories on the outline of the Gospel of John. One is Chapters 2-11 point to the death and resurrection of Jesus, 12-20 Continue reading “John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 2”

John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 1

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Jesus, the only way to the Father

John 13:36-14:7

The selected text is part of the Last Supper. Simon Peter states that he will lay his life down for Jesus. In John 13:37 “Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow you right now? I will lay down my life for You’ (NASB). Jesus tells Simon Peter that he is not ready.
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