What the Early Church Was Like

Church History declares Christ’s unfailing grace and power. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)

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"The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer"  by  Jean Léon Gérôme Walters, created between 1863 and 1883 “The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer” by Jean Léon Gérôme Walters, created between 1863 and 1883

In our “History Christianity 1” class at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Global Education M.A. (Biblical Studies) Program, we were asked to describe what Christianity was like during the first three centuries. Following is what I submitted.

The Gospel of Luke in Folio 41v from Codex Alexandrinus The Gospel of Luke in Folio 41v from Codex Alexandrinus

Christianity in the first three centuries was first and foremost a faith or religion founded and centered on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, believed, worshipped, served and obeyed as the incarnate Son of God, the Old-Testament promised King and Savior of Israel and the world, who lived a perfect life, died for sins, was raised on the third day, ascended and sits at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again to judge all people, both living and dead. By the grace and…

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