This five-session small group Bible study, Early Church, by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is volume five of the 12-part That the World May Know series. In this volume, Vander Laan uncovers the passion and commitment early believers displayed as they claimed Jesus in the face of fierce consequences and powerful adversaries. Filmed on location in Israel, That the World May Know is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers.
In Session 1, “Everything to Lose, Nothing to Gain,” you will study three lessons Jesus taught his disciples on how to teach the Word amongst evil, pagan population centers and discuss what it means to be a disciple of Jesus today.
In Session 2, “The Salt of the Earth,” you will learn about Jesus’ warning to the Christians in Sardis and God’s call to you to be the “salt of the earth.”
In Session 3, “Where Satan Lives,” you will learn about the Christian community of Pergamum who stayed faithful amongst evil and find the areas in your life that have become false gods.
In Session 4, “The Mark of the Beast,” you will study the loyal Christian community of Ephesus and discern the changes you need to make to be more like these early Christians.
In Session 5, “Hot or Cold,” you will study the city of Laodicea and the surrounding area and discern how you can be a healing influence in your world.