The Church of the New Testament: Considering the Differences Between the Apostolic and the Pauline Assemblies. 

The Church of the New Testament: Considering the Differences Between the Apostolic and the Pauline Assemblies. 

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When we talk about the “New Testament church,” what are we referencing? A quick glance at the gathering of believers under Peter’s care and a similar gathering under Paul’s care will reveal many marked similarities but also some stark contrasts. In this short book, James Willingham takes a precision look at the various assemblies in the book of Acts, noting the similarities and the differences and drawing theological conclusions important to our view of the church today.

Why does it matter? As believers, we have to interpret the Scripture in such a way that we know what is supposed to be normative behavior for Christians of this dispensation. Should we expect visible manifestations of God’s Spirit? Should we expect miracles of healing? Are there prophets in today’s church? Should believers sell their possessions and live communally?

By studying this short book, Christians will begin to understand the importance of rightly dividing the Word.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments ……………………………………………….VII
  • Foreword ……………………………………………………………..IX
  • Introduction ………………………………………………………….. 1
    • What Is Meant by “Church” …………………………………………………3
    • What This Study is Not ……………………………………………………….5
  • Assumptions and Base Understandings …………… 7
    • Jesus Died for the Sins of All ………………………………………………..8
    • Literal Biblical Interpretation ……………………………………………….8
    • Rightly Dividing the Word ………………………………………………… 10
    • The Kingdom of God Is a Physical Kingdom ……………………….. 13
  • Overview of the Two Assemblies ………………….. 15
    • Why Does It Matter If There Are Differences? …………………….. 15
    • Comparing the Differences ……………………………………………….. 17
    • Why the Differences? ……………………………………………………….. 22
  • Digging Deeper ……………………………………….. 27
    • Membership ……………………………………………………………………. 27
    • Location …………………………………………………………………………. 34
    • Purpose …………………………………………………………………………… 36
    • Message ………………………………………………………………………….. 40
    • Growth …………………………………………………………………………… 45
    • Prophetic Revelation of the Assembly …………………………………. 47
    • Leadership/Elders ……………………………………………………………. 48
    • Giving to the Assembly …………………………………………………….. 49
    • Jewish Law ……………………………………………………………………… 54
    • Holy Ghost/Spirit ……………………………………………………………. 57
    • Fruit of the Spirit ……………………………………………………………… 59
    • Discipline ………………………………………………………………………… 62
    • Servants/Deacons …………………………………………………………….. 66
    • What Happened in Ephesus? …………………………………………….. 67
  • Conclusion ……………………………………………… 71

James Willingham brings an engineer’s mind to a theological task. He is a Baptist layman faithful in his local church in Katy, TX. James is married to Jenna and they have four children. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

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Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 7 in
Book Information

88 pages, 5×7, paperback.

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