Messianic Jews Case Study

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In the first century, Christians generally met in each other’s houses. They congregated in synagogues, as they did not have a formal place to meet, as many of them dubbed themselves Messianic Jews. Since they did not have the infrastructure to fellowship in large buildings, many of them gathered together in house churches. They met on the day Jesus rose from the grave, Sunday, unless they went to Synagogue, in which they met on Saturday. The tradition of meeting on Sundays set soon becomes normative for Christians, as from this point on Sunday is the general day of meeting. Many of these Messianic Jews did not abandon Judaism, but instead saw Jesus as the fulfillment of Judaism. They did not abandon their Jewish heritage, but instead
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This meant that only the people in the congregation baptized by immersion partook in the Lord’s Supper. Infants, to the knowledge of church historians, were not baptized in this time period. The first century church “fenced the table” strictly, only allowing the regenerate believers to partake in the Supper. They called this a love feast, or “agape feast,” and the service spilled over into the meal. This meal became a part of the worship service, and after they ate the meal, the believers praised God and ate and drank of the bread and wine in remembrance of Christ. This love feast became one of the major tenants of first century Christianity. The believers celebrated the Lord’s Supper each week, which helped them created a close connection with their …show more content…
For example, persecution is not always a bad thing, and churches today should embrace this ideal. The early church faced a lot of persecution and thrived despite the constant attacks from Roman officials. The church can learn that God can work in all situations, and God in His infinite power can do all things. The church needs to understand that church liturgy is a man made institution. How a church worships, or the building they gather in should never be a conflict. The erection of large buildings and complex worship services is something that is man-made over the centuries, and while different styles of worship are good, there is no one “correct” way for people to do church. Many modern churches need to realize that the early church baptized regenerate Christians by immersion, and while there is a lot of controversy about this issue, churches should realize the power of a body of regenerate believers, baptized in full knowledge of the Father, Son, and Holy

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