19 February 2019, Tuesday
Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,
This is part four of a five part series about the term “denomination”.
If it is still needed let us look at the first and second chapters of Acts. As there we will see there was a mega-church in Jerusalem before the name Christian was first used. Yes, I used the word mega-church because a mega-church is defined by the Hartford Institute as any protestant Christian church having two thousand or more people in average weekend attendance. The church started with one hundred twenty people gathered together and at Pentecost an additional three thousand men were added. That number does not include women and children as they were not generally counted.
I am only going to look at specific verses in chapters one and two. The following four passages speak of the first local body of believers and it was a MEGA-CHURCH.
1) Acts 1:1-8: The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, *Until the day which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: *To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: *And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard of me. *For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. *When they therefore were come together, they asked him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel? And he said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. *But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both is Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
2) Acts 1:12-15: Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. *And when they were come in, they went up into the upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. *These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. *And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
3) Acts 2:5-11: And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. *Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. *And they were all amazed and marveiled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speaks Galilaeans? *Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, *Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, *Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
4) Acts 2:37-42: Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? *Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. *For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. *And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. *Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. *And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
This concludes part four, on 5 March 2019, we will pick up with part five, the conclusion to this series.
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