When the Church Was a Family

When the Church Was a Family

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Spiritual formation occurs primarily in the context of community. But as the modern cultural norm of what social scientists call a€œradical American individualisma€ extends itself, many Christians grow lax in their relational accountability to the church. Faith threatens to become an a€œIa€ not a€œus, a€ a a€œmy Goda€ not a€œour Goda€ concern. When the Church Was a Family calls believers back to the wisdom of the first century, examining the early Christian church from a sociohistorical perspective and applying the findings to the evangelical church in America today. With confidence, author Joseph Hellerman writes intentionally to traditional church leaders and emerging church visionaries alike, believing what is detailed here about Jesusa€™ original vision for authentic Christian community will deeply satisfy the relational longings of both audiences.In the above diagram the patriarcha#39;s daughter (labeled as My Sister) will never feel as deep a sense of loyalty and obligation ... As we saw illustrated in the movie Titanic in the previous chapter, the driving question in the collectivist approach toanbsp;...

Title:When the Church Was a Family
Author: Joseph H. Hellerman
Publisher:B&H Publishing Group - 2009-08-01

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