How were first-century churches different from most modern-day churches? |

“Church is different today because we sit on chairs, and they had to sit on the wet, wet floor,” says 6-year-old Bellwood.

There’s nothing worse than a waterlogged toga.

“The church was different because they had a church on the outside, not the inside,” says Hunter, 7.

While Hunter refers to Christians meeting outdoors, there is another type of meeting that is not so innocent. Some people assume that simply going to church will make a person a Christian. That’s like saying going to a garage will make you a car or drinking coffee at a donut shop will make you a police officer.

Without the reality of being born again by placing your trust in the Lord Jesus as your Savior, going to church is merely a religious activity. Jesus said that his Father was looking for those who would worship him in spirit and in truth.

“A long time ago, people had church in their homes,” says Joshua, 11. “They ate bread, read the Bible, and drank wine. People ate bread, read the Bible, and drank wine. Some people preached in the temples. They ate their food.” “They happily praised the Lord. They preached the word of the Lord in every city.”

Yeshua, your description sounds like a good summary of Acts 2:42-47. First-century Christians lived the adventure of seeing God at work in their midst. Early Christian gatherings were open and spontaneous (1 Corinthians 14:26).

“The church in the first century was different from ours because women and young girls had to wear veils to church. If they didn’t, they would shave their hair,” says Lauren, 9.

Stop! Imagine the embarrassment of forgetting your headscarf if this was indeed the practice of the early church. This brings us to the much-discussed biblical text of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. Should I say the debate is getting a little hairy?

Whether you are hairy or veiled, there is one thing that both parties agree on, which is that submission is the key to our salvation. The Lord Jesus submitted to His Father in His ministry and in bearing our sins on the cross. Aside from His submission, there would be no salvation.

Women’s veil is a sign of submission and recognition of the hierarchy of God (God – Christ – man – woman) in the church. Is the Lord Jesus less equal to God the Father because he submitted to Him in everything? of course not! Although He submitted to His Father to accomplish our salvation, He is equal to Him. Submission is a beautiful thing, not a sign of inferiority.

The New Testament frees women! The same Apostle Paul who wrote that women should submit to their husbands also wrote: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female. There is neither Jew nor Greek. There is neither slave nor free. There is neither male nor female. There is neither Jew nor Greek.” For you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). This was revolutionary in the first century, when women had almost no rights.

Think about this: The roles in marriage and the church run parallel to the relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:22-33). Just as Jesus gave himself for his church, men should follow his example by giving of themselves at home and in church. Dominance by force is the style of leadership in the world. Serving in love is the path to Christian leadership.

Think about this: Believing in Christ alone for your salvation is a form of submission, where you reject all other forms of salvation.

Keep this truth: Galatians 3:28 quoted previously.

Ask this question: Do you want to meet other Christians like first century Christians?

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