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How Did Christianity Spread?

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How Did Christianity Spread?
The earliest Christians did not have church buildings. They typically met in homes. (The first actual church building so far found is at Dura Europos on the Euphrates, dating about 231.) They did not have public ceremonies that would introduce them to the public, and they had no access to the mass media of their day. So, how can we account for their steady and diverse expansion over the first three centuries?

After the Apostle Paul, we do not run across many "big names" as missionaries in the first few hundred years of Christian history. Instead, the faith spread through a multitude of humble, ordinary believers whose names have been long forgotten.

Early Christianity was primarily an urban faith, establishing itself in the city centers of the Roman Empire. Most of the people lived close together in crowded tenements. There were few secrets in such a setting. The faith spread a…

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011 | PENTECOST
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
YEAR A


Old Testament Ezekiel 33:7–11
Psalm Psalm 51
New Testament Romans 13:1–10
New Testament Galatians 2:11–21 (Supplemental)
Gospel Matthew 18:15–20



Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary) (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011 | PENTECOST
PROPER 22
YEAR A


Old Testament Isaiah 5:1–7
Psalm Psalm 80:7–19
Epistle Philippians 3:4b–14
Gospel Matthew 21:33–46



Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

HOLY BIBLE, BOOK DIVINE

September 29


HOLY BIBLE, BOOK DIVINE
John Burton, Sr., 1773–1822
Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long. (Psalm 119:97)
Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the Book widens and deepens with our years.
—Charles H. Spurgeon
The Bible is truly an amazing book. It has rightfully been called “The Book of Books.” The first book ever printed was the Bible—the German Gütenberg Bible between the years 1450–1455. Today, it is printed in more than 600 languages, and portions of it are printed in more than 1,000 tongues and dialects. It has long been the world’s best seller.
In addition to being God’s love letter and self-disclosure of Himself, the Bible clearly spells out His plan for our redemption and restored fellowship. It is also our final authority for all matters of faith, morals, and practice. Through the inspired Word, God the Holy Spirit illuminates and guides believers in their Christian walk and also prepares them for their future heavenly destination.
Our finite minds wil…

Catholic Lectionary

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 | FEAST
SAINT MICHAEL, GABRIEL, AND RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS
YEARS 1 & 2

First Reading Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14 or Revelation 12:7–12b
Response Psalm 138:1
Psalm Psalm 138:1–5
Gospel Acclamation Psalm 103:21
Gospel John 1:47–51


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 | FEAST
ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

Old Testament Daniel 10:10–14, 12:1–3
Psalm Psalm 91
Epistle Revelation 12:7–12
Gospel Matthew 18:1–11 or Luke 10:17–20


Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 | FEAST
ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
YEARS ABC

Old Testament Daniel 10:10–14, 12:1–3
Psalm Psalm 91
Epistle Revelation 12:7–12
Gospel Matthew 18:1–11 or Luke 10:17–20


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).