Worship in the Early Church sheds light on how the earliest Christians worshiped God, including several elements into their worship that reflected their Jewish heritage. Prayers and praises, singing, creeds and confessions, preaching, offerings, and sacrament—these are the chief features of early Christian worship examined by Professor Martin. Pastors, ministers, Sunday school teachers and laypersons will benefit from this lucid account of why believers do what they do when they gather together to worship.
Ralph Martin was a Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary and is now a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London and is the author of numerous books and articles about the New Testament, including The Worship of God and Reconciliation: A Study of Paul’s Theology. He has served as New Testament Editor for the Word Biblical Commentary Series and has edited the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.