Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
Read an excerpt from this study below.
One of the differences between Christianity of the first century and Christianity of the twenty-first century is in the persuasions we use in urging people to join our faith. Today when we invite people to visit our churches, we talk about our physical facilities (“You’ll love our new family center!”), our youth program, our music, or our preaching (“The sermons are wonderful! So down to earth.”).
Not so with the first-century church. For a building, they met in someone’s home. I doubt that there was a youth program, since ages were not as bifurcated as we insist they be in our day. As for music, they sang “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Colossians 3:16) but had no choir, organ, or praise band. There was preaching, of course, and the people had their favorites (1 Corinthians 1:11-12); but I do not think that this was their sales pitch to outsiders.
The early Christians had only one thing to sell: the quality of their way of life, a quality that was measured in love. There was nothing very glamorous about these first Christians, and there were very real perils in becoming one of them. Yet the love they showed to one another and to the world was hard to resist. It was nothing to put into an advertising campaign; it was simply something to live.