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What became of the Church Jesus built? Lesson 50 of the Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course

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AMBASSADOR COLLEGE
BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE

LESSON 50

“…in the Isle that is called Patmos” 

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    The isle of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. Here the apostle John was imprisoned (Rev. 1:9) in the mid-90’s A.D. and saw the visions he was commanded to “write” (Rev. 1:19). From Patmos emanated the prophecies and promises of Revelation concerning God’s Church through seven definite eras until Christ will return.

    After the first two 19-year cycles, the Church went to sleep. Another whole cycle had passed, and now in a fourth 19-year cycle, Jesus Christ was using John, last of the original apostles, to finish the New Testament and to give the “Ephesian” Era a last chance to awaken and do the “first works.” It did not. Instead, the last survivor of the zealous first generation of the Church, Simeon son of Cleophas, died in 107.

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WHAT BECAME OF THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT?  

    THE Christian Church in Judaea fled to Pella in 69 A.D. From that date the organized proclaiming of Christ’s true gospel ceased!

    For the next hundred years, church history is virtually a blank. “Scanty and suspicious” are the records, says the historian Gibbon, which remain from this period (“Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”). But why?

The “Lost Century”  

    It was the incredible “Lost Century” of church history!

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Your Awesome Future- How Religion Deceives You by Herbert W. Armstrong

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It’s positively astounding! It has remained undiscovered by science. Higher education has never taught it. And organized religion has withheld it. How? By suppressing the real gospel message Christ brought from heaven that reveals the awesome purpose of human life.

PREPARE YOURSELF for the most shocking revelation of your life. Does it come as an astonishing shock to learn that the most important dimension in all knowledge was sent from God to this earth by Jesus Christ — but that message was suppressed in the very first century? That Jesus Himself was put to death for revealing it? That His apostles, with one possible exception, were also martyred for proclaiming it?
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HOW CHRIST GIVES THE CHURCH ITS BELIEFS By Herbert W Armstrong

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I said to my wife, 52 years ago, “All these churches can’t be wrong. That’s how I know the Bible says ‘Thou shalt observe Sunday’”

But on intensive, indepth study of the bible, I found all “these churches“ were wrong, and that they did not obtain their beliefs from God’s word, but rather that they believed doctrines and practiced customs that are contrary to biblical teaching.

I wanted to find God’s teachings, doctrines, customs and practices. I found them! I found them in the same way the Apostle Paul did. Continue reading…

Body Must Function Together by Gerald Waterhouse

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Have you felt this way?

Some brethren feel they are not a vital part of this great work because they are not being used as ministers or full-time employees. Perhaps they have no direct responsibility in their congregations.

The result? Some let feelings of discouragement and despondency come over them.

Why? Could it be that the adversary — Satan — knows discouragement and despondency are the easiest ways he has of keeping us from doing our part?

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A WORLD HELD CAPTIVE by Herbert W. Armstrong

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You live in a world of awesome progress, but paradoxically, of appalling evils. WHY? It’s a world held captive, deceived into loving its captivity. Deliverance from kidnap in deception, human discontent, suffering and death hastens nearer. World peace, happiness and joy are just around the corner.
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WHO SETS THE POLICY IN THE CHURCH

< ![CDATA[Mr. Armstrong wrote in his May 2, 1974 Brethren letter: “Now notice I Corinthians 12:  In this chapter God is showing that in THE WORK of the Church — proclaiming the Gospel to the world, and feeding the flock, there are different ADMINISTRATIONS, different OPERATIONS, in the Church, and for these, God has given various spiritual GIFTS, or empowerments, by His Holy Spirit.
ADMINISTRATORS refer to performance of executive duties, MANAGERIAL responsibilities, rather than policy-making.”
He continues, “The ADMINISTRATIONS in the Church refers to executive performance and managerial responsibilities, NOT to policy-making. In other words, adapting the method of functioning, according to the PRINCIPLE which GOD (the Policy Maker and Law Giver), not we, has laid down.”
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