by Jerry Vines

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Series: Christianity 101
Jerry Vines
1 Thessalonians 1:1, Acts 17:1-10

This summer we are going to take a little time and do a little study I'm calling Christianity 101, trying to explain the basic teachings of the Christian faith and what Christianity is all about. This will give us an understanding of it and help us to know the basic teachings of what Christianity is and what makes it different from any other faith on the earth.

I Thessalonians 1, verse 1 says this. ''Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians...'' Let's just stop right there. You have mention here of a church and you have mention of a city.

Now go over to the book of Acts. The first four books of the New Testament are the Gospels and they give us roughly four different views of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. The life of Christ is foundational to the Christian faith. Had there been no Jesus, there would be no Christianity. When you read about the Lord Jesus Christ you find in these first four gospels what His life is all about. Right after that you come to the book of Acts. There you have the history of the early church and how they were established. Turn to Act 17. Keep in mind that in I Thessalonians 1, verse 1 that it mentions three names, Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Then it says, ''To the church in Thessalonica.''

Acts 17, verse 1 says, ''And when they (Paul, Silas and Timothy) had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica...'' There you have it again.

In the book of Acts you have the birth and growth of the early church. A large part of the book of Acts is taken up with the missionary journeys of this man named Paul. You have his conversion in the ninth chapter. You find out how he met this Jesus and how Jesus changed his life and he was never again the same.

You are never the same when you really meet Jesus. If you claim you have met Jesus and your life has not ...

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