To begin with, let me tell a little of my own story.
Four years ago I was shocked to discover that the New Testament reveals a whole lot more than I thought it did about what all actually took place in the first century of the Christian era. And to think that all along it was hiding right there under my nose, stuffed somewhere between the lines of all those chapters and verses which made up my New Testament!
So I became excited to search into this matter more thoroughly. The most recent issue of my journey in this direction is the blog you are now reading. What I hope to accomplish here is actually little more than finding a way to provide more focus to my own study and research. If you benefit from the results of that study along the way, all the better. I also hope that some of you out there who take interest in this blog will offer your own feedback, criticism, insight, ect. Iron sharpens iron, and most of us are mostly in the dark when it comes to knowing the entire first century saga anyway, so I say let us learn together.
As the days unfold I will try to provide you with links to other places where you can find further resources for study as well. For now, take a minute to subscribe so notification of future posts will be sent straight to your email.
That said, let us begin with the following quote taken from Gene Edwards’ book Unleashing the Word of God:
From the first days of our conversion to Christ, you and I are told to read the Bible. Everyone does. Once. After that, few continue.
Unconsciously, perhaps, we do not enjoy reading the Bible because we cannot get hold of direction. Perhaps unknowingly, we sense this utter disarray. This, in turn, prevents us from discovering our heritage. We are unable to see those men and women-our brothers and sisters-living a life of adventure and excitement in the organic expression of church life!
So, we continue blindly living our Christian life as orphans-not knowing our family story-and we are ultimately denied our birthright.
A fitting introduction to this blog, I would say, for what I hope to see accomplished, in my own life and yours, is the removal of those veils which keep us from really seeing and knowing the first century story as it is. The only way to do this is block by block, little by little. At least, that has been my own experience. So may the Lord give us grace to remove those lenses of tradition, doctrine, and whatever other kind of mentality our scriptural view may be colored by, and let us seek to re-discover, as if for the first time, the story of the first century church!