Excerpt from Carrying On the Mission of Jesus, a Bible study and
© 2015 Kingdom Christian Enterprises
PO Box 611, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Articles > Carrying On the Mission of Jesus
Do you ever
wonder why today’s church is so different from the church we see in the
book of Acts?
How did the early church do so much
with so little, and we do so little with so much?
How did a dynamic Christian movement become a fixed Christian
If you have ever asked these
questions, or others like them, this is the start of a challenging,
informative journey to lead you back to the heart of the early church.
Every major Christian denomination has suffered ongoing membership
decline over the last few decades, and there is no indication this trend
will change anytime soon. It will get worse. The world of flannel
boards, nuclear families going to Sunday school and worship each week,
and the church holding a pre-eminent place in every local community are
all gone. We have entered the twenty-first century and brought with us a
form of church that continues to follow a failed trajectory.
The New Testament paints a compelling, exciting, dangerous picture of
the church as God designed it to be. However, the reality that we
experience on a regular basis seems a million miles removed. Think about
it. The Bible shows us a vigorous gathering of men and women, committed
to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, making a momentous difference
in the world around them. Of course, they had problems. Almost all of
the letters in the New Testament have instructions or rebuke (sometimes
both) to different churches in the first-century world. Yet from what we
know of history, these ragtag house churches spread the witness and
example of Jesus from one end of the Roman Empire to the other. In doing
so, many Christ-followers gave their lives for the sake of the gospel.
The early church was Spirit-filled, lay-led, countercultural, always in
trouble, and risky.
More (PDF File)
Product Information Page