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Open Heaven Church: Acts: 10 Lessons from the Early Church

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You Are Called To Community

As a church'Community' is one of our five values. In Acts 2:42-47 we are presented with a church with commonality, an exceptionally fruitful community of believers who were one in heart and mind. Looking at the book of Acts we can often feel intimated rather than inspired. We live between the ideal and reality of what community actually looks and feels like - where discipleship happens. In Matthew 10:2-4 we are introduced to Jesus's twelve disciples, the dirty dozen.Acomplex mix of introvert, extrovert, liberal, conservative. James and John, two of Jesus's closest friends, could be described as sons of thunder, mummy's boys. In todaysculture of choice, what binds us together now, as it did then, is commitment. In the monastic tradition, individuals make a lifelong commitment to their monastery - choosing to stay put in order to get somewhere.

35 MIN2 weeks ago
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You Are Called To Community

The Holy Spirit Is Our Fuel

Acts is a book filled with stories about the Holy Spirit - there are 57 references to the Spirit across 28 chapters, making up over a quarter of the references within the New Testament. In chapter 1, Jesus insists that the apostles must do nothing without the Holy Spirit: 'Wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.' Not only must we wait on the Spirit, we must go on being filled by the Spirit. Only two chapters after the iconic filling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost the apostles are filled once again in Acts 4:31 'After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.'

13 MIN3 weeks ago
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The Holy Spirit Is Our Fuel

Resurrection is our Story

If Kingdom is our vision, then it’s as if resurrection is the story; the very heartbeat to that vision. Resurrection is a persistent and predominant theme running throughout the Book of Acts. It’s inescapable. The apostles come back time and time again to the resurrection of Jesus. It’s as if it is the most prominent thing on their mind. Interestingly, whenever anyone asks of them a question, accuses them of something or just gives them an opportunity to share their story the one thing they always come back to is the resurrection of Jesus. And wouldn’t you? If you had been there - living and following Jesus, witnessing his incredible life and ministry, weeping with the other believers over his death when suddenly he is no longer dead? Of course, you would tell and retell that story over and over again.

24 MINJUN 23
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Resurrection is our Story

Latest Episodes

You Are Called To Community

As a church'Community' is one of our five values. In Acts 2:42-47 we are presented with a church with commonality, an exceptionally fruitful community of believers who were one in heart and mind. Looking at the book of Acts we can often feel intimated rather than inspired. We live between the ideal and reality of what community actually looks and feels like - where discipleship happens. In Matthew 10:2-4 we are introduced to Jesus's twelve disciples, the dirty dozen.Acomplex mix of introvert, extrovert, liberal, conservative. James and John, two of Jesus's closest friends, could be described as sons of thunder, mummy's boys. In todaysculture of choice, what binds us together now, as it did then, is commitment. In the monastic tradition, individuals make a lifelong commitment to their monastery - choosing to stay put in order to get somewhere.

35 MIN2 weeks ago
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You Are Called To Community

The Holy Spirit Is Our Fuel

Acts is a book filled with stories about the Holy Spirit - there are 57 references to the Spirit across 28 chapters, making up over a quarter of the references within the New Testament. In chapter 1, Jesus insists that the apostles must do nothing without the Holy Spirit: 'Wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.' Not only must we wait on the Spirit, we must go on being filled by the Spirit. Only two chapters after the iconic filling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost the apostles are filled once again in Acts 4:31 'After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.'

13 MIN3 weeks ago
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The Holy Spirit Is Our Fuel

Resurrection is our Story

If Kingdom is our vision, then it’s as if resurrection is the story; the very heartbeat to that vision. Resurrection is a persistent and predominant theme running throughout the Book of Acts. It’s inescapable. The apostles come back time and time again to the resurrection of Jesus. It’s as if it is the most prominent thing on their mind. Interestingly, whenever anyone asks of them a question, accuses them of something or just gives them an opportunity to share their story the one thing they always come back to is the resurrection of Jesus. And wouldn’t you? If you had been there - living and following Jesus, witnessing his incredible life and ministry, weeping with the other believers over his death when suddenly he is no longer dead? Of course, you would tell and retell that story over and over again.

24 MINJUN 23
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Resurrection is our Story

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