Leadership, Ministries & Services on the Authority of
the Scriptures and the Historic Precedent of Second Century Christian Churches
Hebrews 10:23-25 provides a striking backdrop of encouragement to Second Temple era Christians struggling under the weight of Jewish nationalism, domestic unrest and personal dangers because of their faith in Jesus our Lord.
To be sure, their belief in the New Testament and its Gospel isolated them from their unbelieving Jewish brethren, parents and siblings and friends. This isolation made them stand out in a bad light and also made life in and out of Judæa dangerous and risky in the extreme. Therefore, it was much safer to forsake assemblies than to be seen coming and going to them. Why? Because, obviously, going to a Christian gathering (at the very least) identified one as a sympathizer of "that" Jesus "those" Apostles and "those" Christians—or worse—meant one was, in fact, a Christian.
Precedent of Second Century Christian Churches
& Why Today We Need a Support Network for Meaningful
Relationships and Flourishing Faith
On a recent visit to Ohio I had the pleasure of talking with a Preterist Christian who lives in that state. We texted for over a week then all of a sudden I got a barrage of statements about his beliefs and positions. Soon, though, he apologized for "dumping" on me--but I understood and was not offended. What I understood is that Preterist Christians are Christian human beings and as such they (as much as we) need to always be in communication and fellowship regularly. I do not believe fluent communication or fellowship is happening among Preterists because of their weak ecclessiology and missiology. I could be wrong, but I see no proof that they have a network or support vision beyond, perhaps, information resources.
"Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed: but comforting one anther, and so much the more as you see the day approaching. For if we sin willfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins: but a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries" (Hebrews 10:25-27 Douay Rheims).
by Mark Mountjoy
All over the West Christian churches are facing an existential crisis. Unlike the churches in the global south (who are growing by leaps and bounds) churches in Europe and North America are faced with epidemic disinterest and small turnouts. But this is not true of every kind of church, but specifically churches who have not kept a pulse on the felt needs of modern mankind. In general, people have definite reasons why they would not attend church: some do not believe the church is relevant; some do not believe in God; some think Christians are too narrow-minded and dogmatic. But some Christians do not go to church nor attempt to start and sustain a ministry because they do not believe assembling is relevant after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D.70.