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
     
 

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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 “our

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:
9781433668432
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
424,410
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Joe Hellerman is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Talbot School of Theology. He also serves as a team pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship, El Segundo, CA, a church that has become a laboratory, of sorts, for Joe's vision for the church as a family. Joe's education includes an M.Div. and Th.M. from Talbot, and a Ph.D. in History of Christianity from UCLA.

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