Roots (Teaching through Dialogue)

One of Jesus’ titles was ‘Teacher’ and it is for good reason, he was always ready to explain a concept or principle or something about the nature of God. And it was primarily done through dialogue, where people had access to Jesus to ask questions as well as try and answer Jesus’ questions. The apostles…

Roots (Devotion to Prayer)

“My house will be called a house of prayer.” – Jesus Christ “Devote yourselves to prayer.” -Paul While these quotes should be enough to cause us to emphasize prayer both in our personal lives as well as with other believers, there are good reasons why prayer is so important and why God wants us to…

Roots (Plurality of Leadership)

Leadership among Christians was initially vested in Jesus’ handpicked apostles, and it was the apostles who had authority as eyewitnesses of Jesus to proclaim Jesus’ message to the world (aka the Great Commission). But there was a shift in the way Christians understood leadership that Luke records in Acts. As you read Acts, leadership starts…

Roots (Body of Christ)

This is by far the most misunderstood and mysterious aspect of Christianity, and for that reason it is often ignored altogether. The reason for this is that it has to do with what God does to a person who puts their faith in Jesus by believing that he was raised from the dead and confessing…

Roots (Love and Holiness)

While most religions put a focus on acts of devotion (i.e. attendance to meetings, giving of money, studying of scriptures, etc) Christianity puts a primary focus on the lifestyle you live. More specifically, the first Christians focused on living a life of love toward people and a lifestyle of holiness out of reverence for God. Love The…

Roots (Jesus’ Return)

The Lord is coming back Early Christians emphasized and focused on the return of Jesus to the earth. They thought of his return as the second half to the gospel message. What I mean is that while the primary message to people was the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus, only the return of Jesus and…

Roots (The Lord’s Supper)

Have you ever had a dinner that was in your honor? Maybe because of a job promotion, returning home from war, a birthday celebration, retirement, or anything else that would cause people to want to come together around a meal to celebrate something you have accomplished. This is exactly what the Lord’s Supper is, a…