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32 Lessons of the Early Church
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  For the last sermon in our sermon series, Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity, I spoke about the 32 lessons we learned over the last year from the early church overcoming obstacles. Those lessons were hung on the ceiling of the Sanctuary, mimicking Augustine’s...

Augustine
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Scripture: Luke 22:39-46, Matthew 10:26-33 We have come to the last sermon in our series, Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity. We have been talking about the story of the early church for the past 11 months and this Sunday we are going to close it all out. Last week we talked...

Tertullian
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Scripture: Matthew 5:38-45; Mark 13:9-13 This week in our sermon series, Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity, we are talking about the church father Tertullian. He was born in Carthage around 160 A.D. and was the recipient of an incredible education. It wasn’t until...

Origen
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Scripture: Luke 15:11-32 This week in our sermon series, Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity, we are talking about the church father, Origen. Whether you realize it or not, Origen had an enormous impact on the Christian faith. Origen is arguably one of the most prolific...

Perpetua and Felicity
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Scripture: Matthew 10:34-39; Acts 2:37-42 We are continuing with our sermon series, Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity. We are in the fourth and final part of our sermon series. Each week we’re going to be examining the church fathers and mothers who made a contribution...

Irenaeus
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Scripture: Romans 5:12-14; 18-21; Genesis 3:17-19 This Sunday we will begin the fourth and final part of our sermon series, Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity. We’ve gone through all of the letters and all of the gospels, so for the last part of this series we’ll...

The Final Cut
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Scripture: 2Peter 2:4-10; Jude 1:5-9 We have come to the last sermon in the third part of our sermon series, Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity. This Sunday we will be reading from two of the oddest documents in the entire New Testament: Jude and 2Peter. These are the last...

I'll Speak for Paul
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Scripture: 1Timothy 3:1-13; 2Timothy 3:1-9 This week for our sermon series Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity, we are discussing the changing role of women in the church towards the end of the first century. In the early years of the church’s existence, women were not...

Doppelganger
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Scripture: 1John 2:18-25; 2John 1:7-11 This week for our sermon series Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity, we begin by discussing how the idea of the soul becomes part of Christianity. Traditional Christianity defines the soul as the spiritual part of the body, or the true essence...

The Birthplace of Purgatory
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Scripture: 1Peter 3:18-22; 4:12-17 We are back to our sermon series Church and State: The Rise of Early Christianity. The third part of this series is designed to tell you the story of how Christianity established its identity as a completely separate religion from Judaism. As we enter into the...