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Congregations in the Early Church

Curtiss Paul DeYoung

in United by Faith

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780195152159
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152159.003.0003
Congregations in the Early Church

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The first congregation of Christian faith was comprised of followers of Jesus from Galilee who gathered days after the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. These events, along with the ascension of Jesus into Heaven, paved the way for a new batch of disciples to step forward since Jesus was no longer physically present to guide and preach the people. These early followers, however, experienced difficulties in fulfilling what Jesus envisioned as a house of prayer for all the nations. This chapter illustrates how the authors of the New Testament perceived how the Christian church developed and how this church was welcomed by people of various ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

Keywords: congregation; Christian faith; Crucifixion; Resurrection; Ascension; New Testament; Jesus; ethnic backgrounds; culture

Chapter.  6647 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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