The First Church of Jerusalem is a global community of believers
who seek to live and worship as they did in the first Christian church
founded by the Lord Jesus Christ at Jerusalem in around A.D.30
Covid: Spiritual Support
Conscious of the difficulties currently faced by Christians unable to worship together in churches, we have recently published a short guide to breaking bread at home, in order to encourage and strengthen believers through sharing in communion together as families and friends, as well as through breaking bread as part of their personal devotions.
The Breaking of Bread instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ at the Last Supper is the shared heritage of all Christian believers.
This book contains a reconstruction of the Breaking of Bread service as celebrated by the first Christian church at Jerusalem. In this simple act the first believers remembered with great joy the triumph of the Cross, celebrating their deliverance from the penalty and power of sin, their restoration to relationship with God, and their receipt of life eternal.
As at the beginning, this first Thanksgiving may be celebrated in any Christian home by families, friends, or individuals, as part of their daily walk with Jesus. Click on this link, or the image below, to order. May this resource bless you richly at this time!
"Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in Him."
Coming to Faith
If you have not yet given your life to Jesus, now is the time to receive Him as your friend and Saviour.
At the Cross, Jesus our Messiah, the Son of God, took all our sin upon Himself, making a way for us to be reconciled to God and live in loving relationship with Him forever, walking and talking with Him each day. Sin separated us from God, but He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die in our place, bearing our sin and paying the penalty we deserved, so that we might be forgiven and become His sons and daughters.
All we must do to receive this free gift of eternal life from God is to believe in Jesus as our Saviour.
Here is a prayer to help you take this step:
Heavenly Father, I know I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins.
I ask that You forgive me, wash me, and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead.
Jesus said that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.
So I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins,
and I believe that God raised Him from the dead and that He is alive.
I accept Jesus Christ, the risen Saviour, as my Lord, my master and my friend.
I will do my best to live for Him, to serve Him, and to walk together with Him,
all the days of my life.
And according to His promise,
I am washed, I am cleansed, I am justified,
I am saved!
Welcome to the family of God!
If you prayed this prayer, putting your faith in Jesus, you have been born again of the Holy Spirit and made a new creation. The old you has passed away. You are now restored to relationship with your Father in Heaven, Who loves you more than you will ever know in this life, and will receive you in Heaven when you die. Now you are a friend of Jesus, who will always walk and talk with you. The Holy Spirit has taken residence within you and will help you to live your life fully.
Please let us know that you have taken this life-changing step by completing the Name and Email boxes below.
Presence of God
Everyone who puts their faith in Christ as their Saviour is immediately restored into relationship with God. From this moment on they can walk and talk with Him. Therefore we encourage every believer to start each day with a time of listening to God, and to talk with Him as often as they can throughout the day. This involves practising the presence of God. He is with us, and if we seek Him we will find Him. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice." If we are wise, we will seek to keep our eyes and ears on Him each day, and with practise we will learn to consistently walk and talk with Him.
No Christian believer should be satisfied without the experience of an ongoing communion and communication with God, yet many today are without it. This is a great tragedy, as the restoration of relationship with God through atonement for sin was the purpose of the Cross. If you are not enjoying a daily conversation with Jesus, it is time to put that right by practising the presence of God. Don't delay but start now. Stop and be still, picturing the Lord with you (as He surely is!). Listen to what He says to you. Take a notebook and write it down, for His words are the most important ones you will ever hear. Do this each day.
To help you in this, we have produced a book called 'The Way of Heaven'. This book will give you clear Biblical guidance on walking with God day by day, and by so doing you will not only live your very best life now, but you will live it super abundantly for the glory of God!
Click on this link, or the image below, to order. It's time to live Heaven's way!
"When You said, 'Seek My face,' my heart said to You, 'Your face, Lord, I will seek."
Given the accelerating rate of socio-economic-environmental changes, mental health has never been a more acute concern than it is today. In many cases, traditional support systems have been undermined or supplanted by less adequate substitutes, resulting in hitherto unknown levels of isolation, alienation, meaninglessness, anxiety, depression and suicide.
How do we build and maintain mental health in the face of today's threats? 'Maximised Mindpower' was written as a guide to achieving and enjoying the highest levels of psychological wellbeing. Unlike some books that claim to offer a path to wholeness, 'Maximised Mindpower' is readable, practical, comprehensive, and covers all dimensions of personality, including the spiritual, which is often omitted or inadequately addressed.
With the help of The Eternal, self-mastery is attainable by all. Click on this link, or the image below, to order your copy today.
"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength."
The Prophet Isaiah
For many believers, icons depicting Christian themes and events are the most precious artworks that we have, and as their name implies, visual doorways to the most blessed Heavenly and spiritual realities. Strict rules prescribe their construction, that they may faithfully reflect the great truths that God in His mercy has revealed to us.
The idea that all creation is iconographic, a holy doorway through which we may experience and enjoy the glory of God, revolutionises our perception of reality. From the falling of the leaf to the rising of the sun, we are surrounded by windows on the eternal, and like the poet William Blake, we may see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower.
Learning to see life in this way can be stimulated by iconic words and images. 'Looking on Glass' is a book of this kind, a book of reflective words and photographs, a photo-book containing images of sea and sky, through which the soul may gaze into hidden realms of truth and beauty. Let us not be content to look merely upon the outward nature of things, but inspired by the life-giving Holy Spirit, let us look beyond. For as the great hymn writer George Herbert says, "A man that looks on glass, on it may stay his eye; or if he pleaseth, through it pass, and then the heav'n espy."
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"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim the work of His hands."
The Last Supper
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on
until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."
ABIDE IN THE VINE
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another."