Geneva, Switzerland-Center of ProtestantReform(mid 1500s)


13. The Early Church

(first 300 years AD)

Where did the early Christian congregations first meet? How was the early church organized?

    Nero                                     Hadrian
What was the relationship of the early church with the society around it? What kept the early church together as a single faith? But of course, in the end, the purity and strength of the church was not ultimately determined by human wills--not the popes, not the bishops or elders, not the deacons--nor by the church's persecutors, the Roman emperors and officials.  The church was--is and always will be--the chief work of God's own Holy Spirit.  The church survived those three first centuries of persecution and very loose organization only because the Holy Spirit himself protected and guided the church of Jesus Christ.
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Miles H. Hodges - 2002