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Alan Knox

  • Test Everything: The Role of Discernment When the Church Gathers

    Discernment (or judging/weighing) becomes even more important when we think about other forms of speaking when the church gathers together. But what does it mean to “weigh” what someone says?
    Alan Knox
    October 20,2014
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  • Meeting with the Early Church – Conclusion

    As we’ve looked through many early writings, we’ve seen various descriptions of early church meetings. Each author had their own reason for writing about church gatherings. What do we make of all of these different descriptions of early church meetings?
    Alan Knox
    October 13,2014
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  • Meeting with the Early Church – Justin Martyr

    Justin places a lot of emphasis on an individual that he refers to as “the president.” He uses a unique term here – one that we do not find in the NT and one that we have not seen in other early church writings.
    Alan Knox
    October 6,2014
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  • Meeting with the Early Church – Barnabas

    The Epistle of Barnabas is a very early Christian document. It was probably written sometime between 70 AD and 132 AD and was included in Codex Sinaiticus, one of the earliest complete manuscripts of the New Testament.
    Alan Knox
    September 29,2014
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  • Meeting with the Early Church - Clement

    Clement was bishop in Rome from around 88 AD until his death in 99 AD. His best known writing is the First Epistle of Clement, or 1 Clement, which he wrote to the church in Corinth.
    Alan Knox
    September 22,2014
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  • Meeting with the Early Church – Ignatius

    Ignatius of Antioch was sent to Rome to be killed sometime around AD 110. During his trip to Rome, he wrote at least seven letters to churches and individuals.
    Alan Knox
    September 15,2014
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  • Meeting with the Early Church – The Didache

    The Didache (“Teaching”) was probably written in the late first century or early second century (80-150 AD). While it was referenced very early (Eusebius ~ 324 AD), the actual text of the document was not discovered until 1873.
    Alan Knox
    September 8,2014
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  • Meeting with the Early Church – Pliny’s Letter

    In one letter and response, Pliny and Trajan discuss the problem of Christians who were gathering in illegal “political associations.”
    Alan Knox
    September 1,2014
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  • Meeting with the Early Church – Introduction

    In this series, I plan to look at various non-canonical texts from 1st and 2nd century AD that describe the meeting of the church.
    Alan Knox
    August 25,2014
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  • Disciples Follow Jesus

    Discipleship is not something to be taken lightly. Following Jesus is hard work.
    Alan Knox
    August 18,2014
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  • Internet Ministry: Interaction

    The way the Jesus and others in Scripture practiced and taught it, discipleship was interactive, in the midst of sharing life together, with questions and answers.
    Alan Knox
    August 11,2014
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  • Internet Ministry: Global Connection

    None of the Apostles relied completely on long distance communication methods. The letters were generally sent with other people who were to live among the recipients and help them with any problems they may have.
    Alan Knox
    August 4,2014
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  • Internet Ministry: Evangelism and Discipleship

    What what kind of service can be included in “Internet ministry”? Is this evangelism or discipleship? The short answer is, “Yes.”
    Alan Knox
    July 28,2014
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  • Internet Ministry: What Is It?

    As many, many scholars have pointed out, the English term ministry comes from the same Greek term as the English term service. “Ministry” is “service” and “service” is “ministry.” In the New Testament, there is not difference.
    Alan Knox
    July 21,2014
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  • How to Be an Example to Others

    Sometimes, I let my circumstances dictate my level of obedience. I can learn from Paul here. I can learn to trust God and follow the Spirit in spite of my circumstances, allowing him to strengthen me.
    Alan Knox
    July 14,2014
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  • Do Elders Manage or Care for the Church?

    This passage is often presented as an indication that elders are “managers” over the church. However, the verbs used indicate something different.
    Alan Knox
    July 7,2014
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  • Why Do We Often Respond Differently to Jesus?

    When Jesus talked about dealing with a brother or sister who “sins against you,” those listening to him responded differently to the way that people today often respond to that same teaching.
    Alan Knox
    June 30,2014
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  • Who Chose Bishops/Elders/Pastors in the Early Church?

    In the Didache, the author(s) definitely expected the church to choose “bishops” for themselves. There is no mention of bishops, elders, or deacons being appointed by others for the church.
    Alan Knox
    June 23,2014
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  • The Disciples, the Apostles, and the Twelve

    When I was growing up, I thought that the terms “disciples,” “apostles,” and “the Twelve” all referred to the same group of twelve men who followed Jesus around between his baptism and his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
    Alan Knox
    June 16,2014
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  • Colossians – Updating the Outline

    During my detailed studies, going through the book verse by verse, I continually compared what I was finding with my outline. Now, I need to consider making any necessary changes to the outline, because the outline will help me decide how to teach Colossians.
    Alan Knox
    June 9,2014
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