The First Church

Our passage from Acts 2 is about the birth of the Christian church. We’re going to look at how the birth of the church is intimately related to the birth of Christ: Christmas. In many ways, what happened at Christmas explains what happens in the early church; and what happens in the early church explains what Christmas is about. When the early Christians began to understand the reality of Christmas, they began to practice Christmas. They brought ideals into the world that no one had ever thought of, because it was based on their new idea of ultimate reality. 

First of all, we’re going to see what made the earliest Christian community so different from the culture surrounding them and secondly, what the source of that difference was.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 9, 2012. Series “Acts: The Gospel in the City”. Scripture: Acts 2:40-47.

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