The People Paul Admired: The House Church Leaders of the New Testament

The People Paul Admired: The House Church Leaders of the New Testament

by Beulah Wood

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The People Paul Admired: The House Church Leaders of the New Testament by Beulah Wood

Where did the old social barriers break down at the coming of Christianity? In homes. Where did practice join theology to break down the division between rich and poor or Jew and Greek, so that they ate together? In the hospitality of house church hosts and hostesses. What happened to the barrier between slave and free? Gone when they prayed together. The intense reserve between men and women? Dissolved as hosts and hostesses served the friends who entered their door. Paul saw this, admired and praised the house church leaders, and planned on homes to grow the gospel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630876104
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 06/08/2011
Series: House of Prisca and Aquila Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Beulah Wood, BD (Melbourne), DMin (Gordon-Conwell), has published over thirty books in New Zealand, India, and the UK. She now divides her time between writing in New Zealand and teaching half of each year at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Hostess Mary in Jerusalem

Promoting Prayer in Frightening Times 1

2 Hosts Cornelius and Philip in Caesarea

Building Hospitality and Prophetic Word 9

3 The Leadership Team in Antioch

No Division in Spite of Disagreement 18

4 Hostess Nympha in Laodicea

Gathering Household and Neighbours 30

5 Upper-Class Philemon and Apphia in Colossae

The New View of Social Class 41

6 Large-Hearted Lydia and the Roman Jailer in Philippi

Living Generously, Giving Generously 51

7 Jason Takes Responsibility in Thessalonica

Relationships that Reach Out 61

8 Noble Leaders in Berea

Sopater and Friends Search the Scriptures 69

9 Seven Household Hosts in Corinth

Growing the City Church Scene 79

10 Minister Phoebe in Cenchrea

The Protector of Many 90

11 The Couple Ministry of Priscilla and Aquila in Ephesus

Quintessential House Church Leaders 101

12 Paul Teaches in Rome

Welcome to a Rented House 110

Bibliography 121

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