R4E141024 – Lord Supper from Table to Altar by Douglas Jacoby
In this message, David Bercot explains what the kingdom of God is, why it was the theme of Jesus’ and the apostles’ preaching, and what difference it makes in the life of a Christian when we understand the Kingdom of God.
Bercot also discusses some of the laws of the Kingdom. As he explains, man was designed and structured for the Kingdom of God. When we obey the laws of the Kingdom, we are obeying what is best for ourselves. We were made to belong to the Kingdom. At the same time, the Kingdom is the most radical proposal ever made to mankind.
The average Christian today has never even heard of the doctrine called “the two kingdoms.” Yet, it is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity that concerns our relationship with the governments of this world. Without understanding the concept of the two kingdoms, we cannot really embrace apostolic Christianity. Bercot discusses the New Testament teaching on this subject and quotes heavily from the early Christians.
What the early Christians believed about baptism and how the Scriptures support their beliefs.
Of all the evils that plague mankind, war is perhaps the greatest. In the past century alone, war claimed over 70 million lives. Yet Jesus taught His followers to love their enemies. He said, “All who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Paul wrote, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.” Does this mean that Christians cannot go to war against their enemies? How literally did the early Christians take Jesus’ teachings?
Once a person has been saved from this world, can he or she lose their salvation? Or, to put it another way, is salvation a “once and done” operation, or is it conditioned upon an abiding obedient relationship with Christ? When a person receives Christ, does he receive pre-forgiveness for every sin he may commit in the future—or does he receive forgiveness for past sins? Bercot explains what the early Christians believed about those questions.
It’s easy to pull proof-texts from the New Testament to supply a variety of answers to those questions. But what do we discover about a believer’s security when we look at every verse of the New Testament? The early Christians did that very thing. They looked at every New Testament passage, and they had a uniform understanding of what the New Testament teaches about eternal security. All believers owe it to themselves to know what the original, historic teaching of the church was on this vital subject.
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Tom Jones has written a book that is part memoir and part history. It traces the Boston Movement from the very beginning with the Campus Evangelism group in the late 1960s until now. He says he feels a special responsibility to share his story because of his perspective from the earliest days.
It is known by millions as the Sermon on the Mount but in a very real way, it is the Sermon on the Kingdom.
Jesus gave the message from the mount, but the topic of the sermon is the Kingdom life. He speaks of the Kingdom in the very first verse. He is talking about the Kingdom in the last paragraphs. And in between he talks of it at crucial points throughout the message.
For many this sermon is foolish, unreasonable, idealistic and impractical, but that is because it is describing the life of these “aliens and strangers” from the future. These are Kingdom people who are living right now as though they were already in heaven—or at least as though they are taking all their direction from heaven. They understand that their citizenship is really there.
This much is certain: Everyone who wants to be a disciple of Jesus must have a most eager heart when coming to this message. Every person who wants to live the Kingdom life must see the Sermon as “the Jesus Manifesto” and must want his or her attitudes toward everything to be shaped by what is said here in specifics or in principle.
Tom A. Jones – Mind Change, The Baptized Life, Deep Convictions, Letters to New Disciples, One Another,Unos a Otros, The Kingdom of God, volumes 1 and 2, In Search of a City, The Prideful Soul’s Guide to Humility, God’s Perfect Plan for Imperfect People,To Live is Christ, Strong in the Grace, Fuerte en la Gracia. goodbookpress.com
Sheila Jones – 9 to 5 and Spiritually Alive, My Bucket of Sand, Finding Balance.\
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