When building the church we should probably strive to adhere to the doctrines and principles of the first century church because it was founded on a first hand witness of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, the apostles were gifted with the Holy Spirit when establishing the early church and so you would expect the first churches to be an example of harmony, perfect knowledge, strong faith and enthusiasm.
The reality though is far different. The first century church was filled with problems which we read of in Acts and the many letters of Paul. There are many lessons we can learn, but we can also take comfort from the fact that the first churches were far from the one united body they should have been.
Read more in our sermon on Building the Church of God….