First Christians ‘meeting for worship’?
24 June 2021, Woodbrooke online
The book of Acts talks of the 'breaking of bread' but also mentions another dimension to early Christian worship, one that allowed space for the expression of Spirit-led words. Is there evidence here for an early form of meeting for worship?
Early in the Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes that the early Christians 'devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.' While it is likely that Luke knew some of those involved in the earliest days, we do have even earlier accounts of what happened when the first followers met together in the years after the life of Jesus. These too mention the 'breaking of bread' but they also include another dimension to early Christian worship, one that allowed space for the expression of Spirit-led words. Is there evidence here for an early form of Meeting for Worship? And what relationship does this have to the 'breaking of bread'? You will come away with some confidence in a Quaker answer to this question about the worship of the first Christians as well as a clearer idea of the kind of life they were living.
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