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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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Acts 2:42-47

42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (KJV)

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