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The Disciples and the Early Church

The Disciples and the Early Church

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The Disciples and the Early Church
Duncan HeasterCarelinks PublishingPO Box 152, Menai NSW 2234 Australiawww.carelinks.net
15. The disciples15-1 Introduction: Jesus And The Disciples15-2 The Training Of The Twelve Disciples15-3 The Weakness Of The Twelve15-4 The Disciples' Immaturity15-5 The Disciples And Judaism15-6 The Twelve Disciples As Children15-7 The Disciples And Imputed Righteousness15-8 The Preaching of The Twelve15-9 The Spiritual Growth of the Disciples15-10 Jesus and Judas15-11John The Baptist 16. The early church16-1 A Taste Of The First Century: The Positive16-1-1 " With one accord"16-1-2 The Early Church Our Example16-1-3 Prayer Meetings16-1-4 Christ-centredness16-1-5 Radical Preaching16-1-6 Women In The Early Church16-1-7 The Joy Of Faith16-2 A Taste Of The First Century: The Negative16-2-1 Division In The Church16-2-2 Politics In The Church16-3 Unity And Division In The First Century16-3-1 Unity And Division In The First Century Church16-3-2 Oikonomia And Household Fellowships16-3-3 Rich And Poor In The First Century16-3-4 Unity In The Church16-3-5 The First Century Mediterranean Understanding Of Society16-4 The Obstacles16-4-1 The Obstacles To The Growth Of Christianity16-4-2 The offence of the cross16-4-3 The rejection of Caesar16-4-4 Women And Slaves In The First Century16-4-5 The Roman Empire And Christianity16-4-6 The Attraction Of Judaism16-4-7 Other First Century Objections To Christianity16-5 How They Succeeded16-5-1 Why Christianity Spread In The First Century16-5-2 The Example Of The Community16-5-3 House Meetings In The First Century16-5-4 Witness In The Workplace
 
16-5-5 The Witness Of Christian Unity In The First Century16-5-6 The Role Of Women In The First Century16-5-7 Style Of PreachingIn The First Century16-5-8 Christian Ethics In The First Century16-5-9 The Exclusivity Of Christianity16-5-9-1 The Openness Of Early Christianity16-5-10 Early Christian Doctrine16-6 Where Things Went Wrong16-6-1 Doctrinal Apostacy16-6-2 The Rise Of Traditions16-6-3 Legalism In The Church16-6-4 Social Tensions In The Church16-6-5 Wealth In The Church16-6-6 Worldliness In The Church16-6-7 Lost Emphasis Upon Grace16-6-8 Loss Of Faith In The Church16-6-9 Poor Church Leadership16-6-10 Dogmatism And Legalism
Chapter 15: The Disciples
15.1 Introduction: Jesus And The Disciples
The Lord Jesus without doubt focused upon the twelve disciples; they were His special love,His predominant concern. And when they came to write up their records of their experienceof this amazing Master, they bring this out very much. He clearly chose them in order toimpress His character upon them, and then left them to continue the witness to Him. Even inhigh society, surrounded by the elitist Pharisees, He spoke parables which were to them- eventhough the others heard (Lk. 16:1,14; 20:45). There is a repeated feature, in Luke particularly,of the Lord teaching the twelve in front of a multitude- as if the huge crowds were there justlistening to what the Lord was speaking specifically to the twelve. When one of the crowdinterrupts, the Lord quickly returns His focus to the twelve (Lk. 6:19,20 cp. 7:1; 12:1,13,22).For Jesus, the disciples were His focus and priority.Those twelve men who walked around Palestine with their Lord are symbols of us all. Thereis a continuity in Luke-
Acts between “the disciples” who followed the Lord, and “thedisciples” as a title for all the Christian believers. We are their continuation. A study of them
is therefore especially important for us. 2 Jn. 6 speaks of the commandment which we readersreceived " from the beginning" . But " the beginning" in John frequently if not always refersto the 'beginning' or [Gk.] 'first association' which the twelve disciples had with the LordJesus. Again, we are spoken of as if we are them, and their experiences were ours.
Jesus And The Disciples: Identifying Himself With Them
The Lord’s basic understanding of us is that we are to become brethren
in Him
. He ever sought to teach the disciples to not only worship and respect Him, but to rise up to emulateHis example, and to act and feel as part of Him. When He saw Nathanael under the fig tree,He commented that here was a man who had the good side of Jacob, an Israelite indeed, inwhom was no guile. But the Lord then goes on to liken
 Himself 
to Jacob, saying that Angelswould ascend and descend upon Him as they had upon Jacob (Jn. 1:47,51). What He was

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