When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus' Vision for Authentic Christian Community

When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus' Vision for Authentic Christian Community

by Joseph H. Hellerman, Broadman and Holman Publishers Staff, Broadman and Holman
     
 

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Spiritual formation occurs primarily in the context of community. But as the modern cultural norm of what social scientists call “radical American individualism” extends itself, many Christians grow lax in their relational accountability to the church. Faith threatens to become an “I” not “us,” a “my God” not

Overview

Spiritual formation occurs primarily in the context of community. But as the modern cultural norm of what social scientists call “radical American individualism” extends itself, many Christians grow lax in their relational accountability to the church. Faith threatens to become an “I” not “us,” a “my God” not “our God” concern.

When the Church Was a Family calls believers back to the wisdom of the first century, examining the early Christian church from a sociohistorical perspective and applying the findings to the evangelical church in America today. With confidence, author Joseph Hellerman writes intentionally to traditional church leaders and emerging church visionaries alike, believing what is detailed here about Jesus’ original vision for authentic Christian community will deeply satisfy the relational longings of both audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805447798
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
292,636
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph H. Hellerman is professor of New Testament at Biola University in La Mirada, California, and helps pastor Oceanside Christian Fellowship in nearby El Segundo. He holds degrees from Biola (Master of Divinity and Master of Theology, Old Testament) and the University of California (Bachelor of Arts in English and Masters of Arts in English and History of Christianity).

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