Thoughts about what is really important in the Church

When I read the New Testament, one thing stands out, and that is that not all the 1st century churches were alike.  The church at Jerusalem was not like the church at Troas and Troas was not like Corinth and Corinth did not seem to be 100% like the churches in Galatia.  It is clear that at Troas and Corinth the church met on Sunday and yet the church in Jerusalem was meeting daily.  The church in Ephesus met in a school if I remember right and the church in Jerusalem met in homes and in the Temple court.  From the writings of Paul, some of the gentile churches had similar problems with Jew trying to make Jew’s out of gentile Christians by forcing them to keep the old Law.  So not all of the 1st century churches were the same in likeness but they were the same in purpose.  That purpose being the gospel of Jesus Christ. 


The foundation of all the 1st century churches were the same and that is Jesus Christ.  No they did not all look alike and they did not all have the same problems; otherwise one letter could have been passed around to resolve the problem. 


It should be noted that my statement does not even consider what the Ethiopian Eunuch’s church must have looked like.


So this topic of discussion now brings me to three distinct but related questions: 


1) Is the Apostles Doctrine a matter of salvation or is the Gospel of Jesus Christ what matters for salvation? 


2)  Did Ethiopian Eunuch have the benefit of the Apostles Doctrine or just the Gospel of Jesus Christ?


3)  Were the 3000 who were baptized at Pentecost saved before or after they started following the Apostles Doctrine?


5 thoughts on “Thoughts about what is really important in the Church

  1. The Apostles Doctrine deals with growth. The problem I see is that too many brethren believe that baptism and showing up to services three times a week ends their obligation to God. The Apostles were there to guide new Christians especially Gentiles in the ways of the Lord. To grow or as Peter puts it “add to…”. The ways of righteousness to not all come at once and the path is not always easy. But abiding in the Apostles Doctrine of growth we help each other through those rough spots.

    Good article. Makes me think.

  2. The Apostles Doctrine is Jesus’s Doctrine! The source was the same! The purpose was the same. In John 16 Christ tells the apostles they did not know it all yet and it would be revealed to them when the time was right, and when the time was right the Sprit revealed it to them. What the apostles taught was from God. It was His Gospel.

  3. 1 Cor. 2:2 “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (NKJV) Paul is referring to the Gospel of Jesus in this passage and not a general doctrine of Christian life.

    Barnes said “The apostles’ doctrine. This does not mean that they held or believed the doctrines of the apostles, though that was true; but it means that they adhered to, or attended on, their teaching or instruction. The word doctrine has now a technical sense, and means a collection and arrangement of abstract views supposed to be contained in the Bible. In the Scriptures the word means simply teaching; and the expression here denotes that they continued to attend on their instructions. One evidence of conversion is a desire to be instructed in the doctrines and duties of religion, and a willingness to attend on the preaching of the gospel.” So doctrine means a general type of teaching where the Gospel was a specific type of teaching.

    The term Gospel means something different then the term doctrine. In Christianity, Gospel (from Old English, “good news”) is generally one of the first four books of the New Testament that describe the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. From Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

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