The purpose of this book is to examine the pattern of community life that existed in the early church. It suggests how the contemporary church can model this pattern in today’s society. The church must reevaluate how the world sees and responds to her, uniting as one body under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, in order to once again be effective witnesses in our communities. In order to accomplish this task the church must come together as one, like the “Community of Love,” and function as one (John 17:1–26).
This book focuses on the first century church, particularly the foundation of the church in the first three decades (4 BC to 30 AD). Though there have been great men and women theologians who have written about community, this book utilizes primarily the Word of God to convey the community life of the early church. The world around us is crying for freedom and the church has been gifted by God to take his message of salvation, freedom, healing, deliverance, restoration, reconciliation, and wholeness to our known world. As Sheldon O. Juell argues in Community Life in the Early Church, only a unified church can carry these principles forward.
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- Examines the geographical, historical, cultural, sociological, and economic background in which the early church was established
- Describes the sociological and economic backgrounds of the early church
- Explores the “Community of Love” that exists between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and how this attitude of love should influence our relationship with others
- The Historical and Cultural Background to the Early Church
- The Sociological and Economic Background to the Early Church
- The Community of Love
- The Community of Love in the New Testament
- Foundations for Community Life
- Prayer and Worship in the Early Church
- Community Life and Commitment
- Leadership in the Early Church
- Community Life and Fellowship
- The Priesthood of All Believers
- Conclusion: Abiding in Community
Praise for the Print Edition
It is both a complete and concise summary of those primary qualities that made the early church a community of love, power, truth, and faith—altogether, and all together! From essential relationships to ultimate realities, the issues of everything from people to doctrine, are presented combining careful research with a readable style. It is a good handbook on how to think, live, and love like a Christian!
—Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor, The King’s University
As a pastor in Los Angeles, I look about, observe hectic lifestyles, and proceed to ask questions. Questions like, ‘How did we become so disjointed and disconnected?’ ‘How can we be surrounded by millions of people and be so lonely?’ ‘Is it possible to build community in a commuter society?’ If death can be defined as ‘separation,’ then too many die little deaths daily. We deeply need resurrection life and resurrected relationships. Only Jesus can provide both—after all, He is the resurrection and the life. By knowing where to begin, we can then proceed to discover the key truths for reconnecting and re-establishing healthy relationships. This is where Sheldon Juell takes us in his book Community Life in the Early Church.
—Ed Stanton, from the Foreword
- Title: Community Life in the Early Church
- Author: Sheldon O. Juell
- Publication Date: 2001
- Pages: 163
About Sheldon O. Juell
Sheldon O. Juell began his theological training at Full Gospel Bible Institute in Eston, Saskatchewan, where he majored in pastoral studies and graduated in 1993. He then earned a bachelor in theology at Briercrest Bible College in Caronport, Saskatchewan in May 1994. After taking a year off to minister in Belem, Brazil, he earned a MDiv at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1998, and then moved to Pasadena, California where he completed the ThM in intercultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is presently pursuing a PhD in intercultural studies also at Fuller Theological Seminary.