How much does the Christianity of today resemble the Christianity of its early days, when the Holy Spirit came mightily on the first group of Jesus’ followers who would soon turn the world upside down? What did Jesus mean when He said to his disciples: “Follow me!”? What did this first movement of Jesus’ followers look like? What was the cause of their success, although they did not attend previously any professional training? They were not trained by any kind of spiritual counselors or directors either. What they had was the love of Jesus, and a clear sense that a new, unique community was being born in which they needed to take care of each other. Let me share three points: 1)They understood well the importance of community; 2)Their lives were centered in Jesus, and Jesus alone; and 3)They understood that experiencing suffering was not an option for the followers of Jesus. These are some of the highlights of the sermon titled “Lessons from the First Christian Movement” preached by Tihomir Kukolja at the International Christian Fellowship Church in Belgrade, Serbia in June 2018. Time: 17:08 min.
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Tihomir Kukolja, born in Slavonska Pozega, Croatia in 1954. Studied, lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Education in theology, communications, and radio journalism. Worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, religious liberty activist, and reconciliation and leadership development activist. Lives in Houston TX, USA. Served as the Executive Director, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (Forum), and Director of Renewing Our Minds (ROM) initiative for many years. Founder and Director of Leadership Focus International. Loves photography, blogging and social media.
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