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The Early Church

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Transcript of The Early Church

THE EARLY CHURCH
PENTECOST
What Was Early Christianity Like?
The three distinguishing marks of the early church were: separation from the world, unconditional love, and childlike obedience to the teachings of Jesus Christ
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The Letter to Diognetus, the work of an unknown author, written in about 130, describes Christians to the Romans as follows: "They dwell in their own countries simply as sojourners.... They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time, they surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men but are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned. They are put to death, but [will be] restored to life. They are poor, yet they make many rich. They possess few things; yet, they abound in all. They are dishonored, but in their very dishonor are glorified.... And those who hate them are unable to give any reason for their hatred." The Letter to Diognetus can be found in the Ante-Nicene Fathers.
The Letter to Diognetus, the work of an unknown author, written in about 130, describes Christians to the Romans as follows: "They dwell in their own countries simply as sojourners.... They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time, they surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men but are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned. They are put to death, but [will be] restored to life. They are poor, yet they make many rich. They possess few things; yet, they abound in all. They are dishonored, but in their very dishonor are glorified.... And those who hate them are unable to give any reason for their hatred." The Letter to Diognetus can be found in the Ante-Nicene Fathers.
Here are some words that you need to know.
Find a definition for each.
Pentecost
Martyr
Deacon / Deaconess
Persecution
Catacombs
Who was St Stephen? Write answers for the following questions on a word document/OneNote:
Who was St Stephen?
Who did he look after?
How did he die?
Why did he die this way?
How has the Brisbane Arch Diocese recognised his importance?
The Holy Spirit
In pairs look up following references and record the action of the Holy Spirit in helping Early Christians in life and work.
Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38, Acts 4:8, Acts 5:32, Acts 12:1-19, Acts13:1-12, Acts, 13:6-10, Acts 14:8-20Acts 20:28
Choose
one
reference and draw an
annotated
illustration of how the Holy Spirit manifested itself.

The Council of Jerusalem
Your teacher will send you a worksheet to complete at this point of the Prezi.
once you have completed the worksheet go on to the next point of the Prezi
Chi Rho
it was used very early by persecuted Christians in the catacombs
Fish (Ichthus)
The fish symbol is an ancient one in Christianity, representing both Jesus and his followers. Jesus had told Peter, "I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). But the fish through an acrostic also became a symbol of Jesus himself. The ICHTHUS symbol helped Christians identify one another as believers.
Dove
Early Christians often had a dove on their tombs as a symbol of the peace and happiness of the soul. The olive branch symbol comes from the story of Noah, who after the flood dispatched a dove to find dry land and finally returned with an olive branch in its mouth (Genesis 8:11).
SOURCE:
http://www.jesuswalk.com/christian-symbols/
Anchor
The anchor was an early Christian symbol commonly found in the Roman catacombs as a symbol of the hope we have in Christ beyond this life
Good Shepherd
In the earliest Christian art, there are no depictions of Jesus, except symbolically, as the Good Shepherd and others. The Good Shepherd as an image of Jesus persisted until about 500 AD.
Orante (Orans)
The Orante is a figure with open arms, a symbol of the soul at peace in paradise, a representation of the soul in the other world as a figure (orante) with arms extended in prayer.
Write a
paragraph
about the importance of symbols in our lives.
What symbols do you use or see on a daily basis?
Draw one
and
explain
what it means to you.
Once the disciples had received the gift of the Holy Spirit, their courage was restored. They felt confident to preach the word of Jesus. Unfortunately many people did not believe that the Holy Spirit had come to them. Many Jews believed that Jesus was not the promised Messiah and they were still waiting for the real Messiah to return. This caused many problems because people were starting to become enraged by the claims of the disciples.
Finally, the Jews declared anyone who followed Jesus to be a “Follower of the Way” and a threat to society. They decreed that anyone caught preaching the word of Jesus was blaspheming against the real God and that their crime would be death.
The Followers of the Way or Christians did not let this upset them. They prayed to Jesus and used the Holy Spirit that Jesus had given to them to give them courage.

Write a paragraph using TEEC to explain why you think those in the Early Church needed the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to survive? Make a comment about each of the seven gifts.
View From the Start and stop at 15 minutes
Go to Prezi 2 St Paul

http://prezi.com/jpmok-vzpdos/st-pauls-journey-in-building-the-early-church/

Then return to this prezi to continue your journey with the early church.
Write a prayer to St Stephen asking for the courage to face difficulties and illustrate it with a picture of St Stephen.
Go to www.quizlet.com and create a glossary of terms .
Give it the title 'The Early Church' and write definitions for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. All other words you are asked to define need to be collected on your quizlet.
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