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Robert Warren has written the Healthy Churches Handbook, which provides a checklist for identifying the health of a church. The Seven Marks of a Healthy Church are listed in Appendix 4 and have been summarised by the Diocese of London: Energized by faith rather than just keeping things going or trying to survive • worship and ...


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Because your questions has a "What would Jesus do?" flavor, I'm going to answer in keeping: In Matthew 25:31-46 we find there will be those who show up at the judgement and discover they were an outsider even though they did all sorts of work in the name of Jesus thinking they were an insider. Likewise, there will be outsiders who find out they are ...


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A prophet is someone God chooses to speak through. As others have said, sometimes this is foretelling the future, but more commonly God uses the prophets to speak about the present time. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. (Deut ...


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Acts 2:42 gives us four components of the first local church in Jerusalem. In bullet-point format: "[The Jerusalem saints] were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching . . . fellowship . . . breaking of bread . . . prayer." These four components are foundational in any local church. The Apostles' Teaching At first, ...


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The order is based on the Vulgate translated by Jerome in the fourth century. However, this was 71 books. Several centuries after Martin Luther removed some books of the Old Testament that, although theses appeared in the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament), were not part of the Hebrew Bible.


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Biblical Apocrypha was not part of Old Testament Canon used by Jews in First century Israel. Let me give evidence from Jewish Priest Josephus. Jewish Priest Josephus clearly explains about the Old Testament Canon used in first century AD. Against Apion, Book 1, Paragraph 8. "For we have not an innumerable multitude of books among us, disagreeing from and ...



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