2. Community

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Jesus heart’s desire that Christians are one worldwide.
NKJV (John 17: 20-23) 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
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In the previous article we talked about the beginning of the Christian communities and how those exciting and spectacular days of joy and enthusiasm were experienced by the first Christians. As we saw, about 3,000 people were baptized on a single day. (Acts 2:41)
The warm love and joy of brothers and sisters among themselves, everything they had was in common.
The community in Jerusalem definitely represented a foreshadowing of the New Jerusalem on the New Earth, where the saints will be direct supporters of Jesus. (Rev. 20: 4.6)
In the later communities we do not see back this collective sharing, but we do see the support of poor Christians.
Encouragement for the community in Jerusalem increased, when the Samaritans and ultimately the heathens, such as the Ethiopian eunuch and Cornelius and his family were baptized and the latter were even sanctified.
After Pentecost, after the first sanctification, the saints preached in Jerusalem against Jews from all parts of the world in their own language, and the good news was thereby spread to all parts of the world. (Acts 2: 4-11)
As we will see in this article, the good news was also brought by Paul and Barnabas (the first missionary journey) to the inhabitants of Cyprus and to cities that are in present-day Turkey.

Anyone who now complacent thinks, that everything is in order for him or her will be shaken up awake.
This article contains vehement recommendations and we believe that these are badly needed.
The Christian way of life has to be experienced in a completely different way, preferably away from the institutes.
To the home group as with the first Christians, as independent groups.
Christians need to learn to think for themselves about how Scripture is meant.
We will come back to this in detail and how separate Christian communities can visit and encourage each other.

The theme of this article is the organization of the first communities, the problems that arose and how they experienced and strengthened the faith as a community.

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1. Community

christ. comm. part 1.pdf

Jesus heart’s desire that Christians are one worldwide.                  
NKJV (John 17: 20-23) 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
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What Jesus wants for His disciples is, that all are together in unity in a worldwide Christian community, just as Jesus himself wants to be one with all His disciples.
Why are Christians worldwide no unity and is there so much diversity?
How is it that Christians around the world experience the Christian faith so differently and want to spread it that way? Is Christianity meant for so many different explanations?
For the answers to these, let’s first read a part in the book of Revelation.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus gives messages to 7 Christian communities.
During the inspection of the 7 communities, 5 communities had serious problems.
Ephesus, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis and Laodicea were severely corrected by Jesus:

Rev. 2: 1 the church of Ephesus… 4 …that you have left your first love.
Rev. 2: 8 the church in Smyrna… 9 I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich)
Rev. 2:12 the church in Pergamos … 13 I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is…. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Rev. 2:18 the church in Thyatira … 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants…..
Rev. 3: 1 the church in Sardis, … I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
Rev. 3: 7 the church in Philadelphia, … 8 See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it;…
Rev. 3:14 the church of the Laodiceans…. 15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 … I will vomit you out of My mouth.

There were all sorts of reasons why the 5 Christian communities were not doing well, such as lukewarmness in the faith or being spiritually dead. But there was another reason that exceeded all others.

The theme of this article is why Christian knowledge is needed, what the meaning is of freedom and truth and how the first Christians experienced their faith.

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5. Future

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Why Christians have a fervent desire for the promised future
NKJV (John 3:16) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
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In the previous article we talked about the judgment and the Millennial Kingdom, the New Jerusalem that will descend and the New Temple that will be built.
Jerusalem will become the center of the world, the center of worship.
Joyful, peaceful and happy times await us, but first we have to endure the current period in faithfulness. The pressure on Christians will become considerably higher.

Our Christian youth in particular must be protected because we see the power of the (demonic) influence increasing;
Outside the Christian family – at the schools – our Christian youth are pressured with a mandatory visit and ritual acts in mosques.
The internet entertainment industry and social media occupy many young people completely.
State schools in Scotland ‘will be required’ to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI equalities and movements (LGBTI = Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex).
There will be no exemptions or opt-outs to the ‘gender-neutral’ policy. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/nov/09/scotland-first-country-approve-lgbti-school-lessons
The latter is clearly ‘Frankfurter Schule’ influence with their ‘critical theory’, by having criticism on every alleged repression or discrimination, rightly or wrongly.
Especially Christian principles and interests are undermined.
Because of this, from 1960, the sexual revolution came into being as an answer to stand up against the Christian monogamous way of life, to ‘liberate’ themselves from sexual oppression.
Christians accept all people, even if they have different feelings (Luke 6: 31-32).
But by this kind of ‘required’ education, Christian principles are violated:

NKJV (Matthew 19: 5-6) 5…… For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

Christianity is based on justice and mercy.
Christians have voluntary love for their neighbors, out of their hearts, but do not love the wicked behavior of this world:

NKJV (1John 2: 15-16) 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.

The theme of this article is the final attack, the total destruction of Satan with his angels and the everlasting blessings and peace on the new earth.

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