‘Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”’ (Matthew 16:17-18)
These verses are very important in our understanding of how the message of Jesus spread around the world, through the teaching of Peter and the other apostles in Jerusalem and further afield. They have also divided the church over an argument that Jesus’ words effectively establish Peter as the first bishop or Pope of Rome, and all subsequent Popes are his successors.
These four studies give us an overview of the birth of the Christian Church, from the Resurrection appearances of Jesus and his Great Commission to make disciples of all nations, to Pentecost, the day to day issues of being Church, a few teething problems, unity and disunity, worship, persecution and the outward spread from Jerusalem to the surrounding countries!
It is formatted such that each individual study can be printed off on 2 double-sided sheets of A4 for distribution to a group.
The studies have enough material to keep a group going for an evening, with background notes and plenty of discussion points.
Study 1 - Commissioned
Study 2 - Empowered
Study 3 - Jerusalem and beyond
Study 5 - The life of the Church
View a sample from the book (pdf) via this link