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High Moral Standard

Aboriginal ElderIn the New Testament record, the Early Church house conducted its own worship services in a home. They gave baptismal instruction, performed baptisms, and celebrated the Lord's Supper in the household environment. In each town, there may have been one or two or more Early Church houses. In a large city, there could have been many more. Leaders of Early Church houses were drawn from those of good repute in the community. The high moral standards of its leaders were very important. Those who were successful in the management of their own house were considered suitable to be a "bishop" (also translated as "elder" or "overseer.") Paul wrote that "bishops" had the care of all the churches. He wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 3.2-5, "Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self controlled. He must manage his own family well, and see that his children obey him with proper respect. If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?" In some Bible translations, "household" is substituted for "family."

"Early Church House"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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