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James Bloice Smith

Devoted Fellowship (Acts 2:42-47)

James Bloice Smith, March 18, 2018
Part of the Stewardship series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

What makes Christians distinctive?
The early church shone out as loving and equal in a brutal, hierarchical society.
So, we show love to others in the face of (amongst other things) hate and discrimination.
We should all be equal and fair to others. We share in selfless, loving, devoted fellowship together.
It costs to be in devoted fellowship.
Above all, we are distinctive because... "By this, everyone will know you are my disciples: if you love one another." John 13:35.

Tags: Apostles' teaching, cost, costly, devoted, Distinctive, fellowship, God's character, koinonia, Love, peculiar



About James Bloice Smith: James became a Christian as a child and owned it in a new way in his late teens. He studied psychology and biochemistry at Bangor University, teaching at King’s College, London University, and theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He has worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician, in North London as a science teacher and for eight years in student evangelism and discipleship with Agapé. His first pastorate was as assistant minister at Park Road Baptist Church, Peterborough. He has been minister at Headington Baptist Church since 1996. James is married to Marion and has a son, Daniel, who works as an engineer, and a daughter, Naomi, who is a teacher. His interests include people in general, getting into boats whenever possible, the Headington community and ‘fiddling about’-making things and fixing things.
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