The Roots of Christian Community:
What We Can Learn From the First Churches
A large part of the Christian Bible is devoted to considering what makes Chris-tian faith a corporate or communal faith and what should be distinctive about how Christians live out their faith together. From its beginnings, Christianity has sought to express itself through communal values that reflect Jesus’ own exam-ple in life and death – rejecting dominance, extending hospitality, surrendering privilege, and pursuing reconciliation. Creating community was hardly easy for the first generations of Christians, but it sets them apart from the wider society in which they lived. In two sessions, we’ll explore some of the relevant biblical material, not simply to learn our history, but to reclaim the transformative power of community for ourselves.