and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” … It represented a lot to the Jewish people, but at the same time the building they were in was far beyond God’s design and had a ton of improvements from an evil Gentile ruler.
I get to be a guest speaker at a church this morning. Here is my sermon. I. A lot of people jump to the end of Acts 2 and talk about the church: And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47 ESV) And then they give a few more details later in Acts 4: Now the full number of...
When someone tells you they go to an ACTS church, I’d like you to ask them if they are these four things, one at a time.
…None of these are meant as a direct attack, but they are meant as a loose root on the trail to trip you up.