The Jerusalem Church (Part 1)

J. D. Conley
May 5, 2013

The Jerusalem church was unique in several aspects. It was the first church of Christ in the world. During its entire history it was under the personal guidance and supervision of the apostles. It was established and flourished in the heart of Pharisaic Judaism, the first bitter foe of Christianity. It was heroic under persecution and in its evangelistic zeal.

The church was established in the year A.D. 33. It became the fulfillment of the promise of (Mk.9:1). This passage teaches the kingdom was to come with power and it was to come during the lifetime of the apostles. When did the power come? The power was to come when the Holy Spirit came, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you..." (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit came on the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ from the dead, (Acts 2:1-4).

What were the terms of membership in the Jerusalem church? In (Acts 2:36-38) Peter charged them with crucifying Christ. They were pricked in their hearts. They asked what to do to be saved. Peter replied, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"

The Jerusalem church worshipped according to the New Testament pattern. "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42).

May we all desire to be faithful members of this church. Because the Jerusalem church is the New Testament church.