Paul's Idea of Community: Spirit and Culture in Early House Churches (3rd Edition)
:This highly readable investigation of the early church explores the revolutionary nature, dynamics, and effects of the earliest Christian communities. It introduces readers to the cultural setting of the house churches of biblical times, examines the apostle Paul's vision of...
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:This highly readable investigation of the early church explores the revolutionary nature, dynamics, and effects of the earliest Christian communities. It introduces readers to the cultural setting of the house churches of biblical times, examines the apostle Paul's vision of life in the Christian church, and explores how the New Testament model of community applies to Christian practice today. Updated and revised throughout, this 40th-anniversary edition incorporates recent research, updates the bibliography, and adds a new fictional narrative that depicts the life and times of the early church.
Robert Banks (Ph.D.,University of Cambridge), was director and dean of Macquarie Christian Studies Institute in Sydney, Australia, and former Professor of Laity and founding director of the new De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including Redeeming the Routines, God the Worker, Faith Goes to Work, The Tyranny of Time, Paul's Idea of Community, and he teamed up with another leading author in the field of applying Christianity to everyday life, R. Paul Stevens of Regent College-Vancouver, to produce one of the top five volumes in the whole field, The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity. Together with his wife Linda - also an author, as well as an experienced teacher and chaplain - Robert enjoys visiting and learning about other places and cultures, most recently China.
- :<b>contents</b>preface To The Third Editionpreface To The Second Editionpreface To The First Editionintroduction1. The Sociocultural And Religious Settings2. The Gospel Of Other-directedfreedom3. Church In Family Business Residences4. Church As Present Heavenly Reality5. The Community As A Loving Household6. The Community As An Organic Harmony7. Mutual Learning And Testing Of Faith8. Common Meals And Signs Of Fellowship9. The Sharing Of Gifts And Ministry10. The Interplay Of Grace And Order11. Unity And Diversity Among The Members12. The Contribution Of Women In Church13. Abolishing Religious Distinctions Between Members14. Defining Leadership By Function, Not Position15. The Role Of Visiting Missioners16. The Link Between Mission And Church17. The Nature Of Paul's Authority18. The Exercise Of Paul's Influenceconclusionappendix 1: The Drift Of The Pastoralsappendix 2: Going To Church In The First Centuryglossaryindexes