Church history created by doers

Consider a scene from "church history" in a previous dispensation: The time was halfway through the three-year ministry of Jesus. It was autumn, when the weather in northern Israel is mild, the fields and hills greener after a blistering summer. The place was a commanding mountainside above the sparkling azure inland sea called Galilee.

Assembled there was an audience of Jews, different from the unhearing, unseeing ones we sometimes read about. They hung on the Messiah's every word. He had just organized His church. Now, he gave them a standard for measuring their worthiness.

From where they stood or sat upon that mountainside, most could just pick out their own villages and neighborhoods in the vistas below. But what they hungered to see was how to live this counsel when they returned to their homes.

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