Wednesday, 22 April 2020

BIBLE STUDIES FROM NLC LEADERS - PETER TOPLISS


Basic principles!

ACTS.2:37-47

I thought it would be appropriate to look at the basic principles of the beginnings of the Church. 

ACTS.2:42.

The underlying principle: The new believers DEVOTED themselves. They continued steadfastly in just four basic principles. Devotion implies a great determination to continue. 

 
1. The Apostles' doctrine (teaching).  MT.28:18-20.  LK.24:27.  MT.5:1-7:29.


2. Fellowship. Koinonia, partnership, community participation.
This is shared life. Not philosophical but really practical. HSBC. 10:24-25.  JN.13:12-15.   JN.15:12.


3. Breaking bread. To obey the command of Jesus which involves eating together because that is the context of the breaking of bread.
MT.26:26-29; 1COR.11:23-26; 1COR.10:16-17. Participation in the body and blood!


4. Prayer. Pray with and in the Spirit. ROM.8:26-27; EPH.6:18.
In English and in tongues. 1COR. 14:15.


This is the simplicity of the life of the Church which present circumstances could be directing us towards. 
N.B. The results of this kind of Church life.

Peter Topliss