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.