- From Apocalyptic Enthusiasm to Religion: The early Church first believed in the imminent return of Christ and, when this did not happen, an adjustment was needed in terms of what was believed and how the Church was structured.
- From Believing Faith to Dogmatic Faith: The early Church initially held to a simple faith, believing in Jesus Christ. A more settled Christianity had to decide on the content of faith: what they believed. This was a move from discipleship to established institution.
- From Charismatic Community to Church Offices: The early Church’s ecclesiology initially emphasized the gifting and ministry of every believer in the organic body of Christian community (cf. 1 Cor. 12). A more settled Christianity had to establish offices of leadership in the community in the form of bishops, elders, and deacons.
Rev. Dr. Rollin Grams
Professor of Biblical Theology and Mission, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Ridley Institute
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! (Psalm 43.3, ESV)
...exploring the interface between Scripture and the Church's mission in our day