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  Sunday Worship Times: 7:30 am, 8:45 am, 11:00 am

Bible Study and Sunday School: 10:00 am

WEEK 5 - The First Church Council

Over the last 75 years, Messiah has had all sorts of growing pains. Messiah began worshiping in the Clemmer home in 1941, but we quickly outgrew it within a year and moved into the little white church. Over the next 20 years we moved from the little white church to the basement church, then to the upper story of the basement church, and then to the current sanctuary. There were times we had so many kids in Sunday School we used the boiler room as a classroom. At every stage, Messiah had to come up with new and interesting ways to overcome the challenges that came from moving from a fledgling mission start to a busy congregation.

In our previous readings we saw that growing pains have been a part of the Church from the very beginning. In week one the Church struggled with what they would look like without Christ physically being present. In week two we saw the Church try to deal with the logistics of growth and how to serve all those in need. This week we will see the Church wrestle with what to do when the perfect “idea” of ministry meets the real world. They are struggling because more and more Gentiles are being reached with the Gospel. These are people who have not followed the laws of Moses in the past because they weren’t Jewish so people are asking what Old Testament laws should they obey. Should Christians follow all the Old Testament requirements, should they forget about them completely, or is the answer somewhere in-between.

Growing pains have been part of the Church and part of Messiah since the beginning but the Lord always sees His people through them. More often than not, He then uses them to create more opportunities to share His Good News.


Week 5 Readings

To read the text online, click on the readings or their descriptions. To listen to the verses each day, use the player below the readings.  Dates Marked with ** have a video Bible Study also shown below.

October 10th, 2016 – Acts 14:1-28 – Trouble in Iconium and Lystra

October 11th, 2016 – Acts 15:1-21 – The first church council **

October 12th, 2016 – Acts 15:22-41 – The council sends out its answer

October 13th, 2016 – Acts 16:1-15 – Timothy and Lydia **

October 14th, 2016 – Acts 16:16-40 – Jailhouse Rock (I know it’s cheesy but I couldn’t resist)

October 15th, 2016 – Acts 17:1-9 - Thessalonica

October 16th, 2016 – Acts 17:10-34 – “To the unknown god”



Audio Readings




Stuff They Didn't Teach Me in Sunday School


OCTOBER 11: Episode 154
You Have to Do This Our Way!


OCTOBER 13: Episode 155
Whatever It Takes


The Plan Bible Reading Schedule and weekly intros © Rev. Kurt Klaus 2013

“Stuff They Didn’t Teach Me In Sunday School” ©  Lutheran Hour Ministries 2013

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