In which is the Didache (Quotes from The Apostolic Fathers pt. 6)

by Craig on August 23, 2012

The Didache was written for a Church in mo man's landsource

They were caught in no man’s land…that dangerous place between foxholes.

Jesus had long been gone…
his return taking longer than expected…
the apostles were almost all gone too…
and heresies were sprouting like dandelions…

oh…

and Rome was persecuting.

This is part 6 of the quotes from the Apostolic Fathers series, which began here.

Anyway…

Bishops had been set up, the first ones given their position by the apostles. But we all wander, and so would the Church. Looming about 250 years from the time of the Didache is a black and white defining moment for the Church, as it would become the official religion of Rome.

It was white, in that it now had power, resources, and was free of persecution…
black in that it was now tied to power, and resources, and dabbled in persecution.

At the time of the Didache, people were wondering how to do this church thing.

How many of us, almost 2000 years later, are still wondering the same?

There were a few right paths and countless paths that would destroy everything.

A hundred years after Paul had originally written his letter to the Corinthian church, correcting them on their many errors, they were still a mess.

The world was pulling hard, violent, and loud in one direction….

The Early Church was ebattled in a life and death tug of war...source

But the Lion of Judah was holding on tightly, powerfully, quietly – and not letting go.

And obviously the Enemy was at work.
I would have been too if I were him.

To mess things up at the start…
spells disaster for the future.

It’s true in life.
It’s true in faith.

What things took their faith too far?
What things, not far enough?

They were a little lost. I know of lost.
I’ve been lost since the 7 days with no sleep.
My brain still hasn’t found its way back yet.

Everything in humanity, at its root, comes down to family.
Everything in our Christian Church comes down to family too.

If we are God's children, we are family, the early church WAS family.source

Christian blog family…
Small house church family…
Small church family…
or even small groups in big church families.

Without New Testament Cannon being fully decided upon yet,

The Didache became the rulebook for the church family.

Is it “inspired”? No. There are strict rules by which that was determined for NT writings.

Most important was apostolic origin…
whether the writing was either from an apostle…
or officially and without question, endorsed by an apostle.

The Didache, though universally understood to be in agreement with the teaching of the apostles – was neither directly from them, nor specifically endorsed by them.

And so…

next time…

quotes from the rulebook…

the 1st century Didache.

Please come back.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Orlando August 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Oh, my curiosity is peaked! Can’t wait to see the rulebook, so you know I will be back.
God bless you, Craig!

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Craig August 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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Katie August 26, 2012 at 12:16 am

“Everything in humanity, at its root, comes down to family.
Everything in our Christian Church comes down to family too.”

Amen. If not for my Christian family, I don’t know that I would have ever experienced GRACE they way I have. First those loved me when I was mean and bitter where I was at, just as Christ did. They saw beyond to the pain deep inside, which led me to trust someone and trust Christ more than I ever had before. They gave me grace. I am grateful for the community that has shared that grace with me. It helped me realize Christ’s grace for me in ways deeper than I ever had before and connect with Christ deeper still.

I look forward to learning more Craig. Thank you for helping me understand more of the early church.

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Craig August 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

The worst aspect of my Christianity has been from the very beginning – community. I learned early on in life – the hard way – it’s better alone. But Christianity is not about “alone” – but then nobody really does Christianity the perfect way – sometimes being NOT “alone” in Christian circles can be worse. Thank you Katie, as always, and I’m really glad to have you as part of my church family! God bless and keep you.

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