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In what ways is Christianity misunderstood by the non-Christian world and why is this a problem for the Church? How is our culture’s definition of Christianity a poor representation of orthodox Christian beliefs? Orthodoxy Read: Hebrews 2:1-4 It may seem odd to rely on the ancient roots of Christianity at a time when progress is so exalted. But progress does not always mean discovering something new. Sometimes it means rediscovering wisdom that is ancient and eternal. We all find our identity in our roots. Visit nearly any family and you’ll see pictures of grandparents and earlier generations. People go to great lengths to trace their ancestry. Adopted children seek their birth parents. Where we come from tells us who we are, and so it is in the Church. We call the core beliefs that have united Christians through the ages orthodoxy, or “right belief.” Understanding this faith, once entrusted for all, is critically important today, for we live in a time when Christians and the beliefs they uphold are under assault. If we are to face today’s grave threats to the Christian Church, we must look across the sweep of Christian communions, Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox, to find the original consensus of the early Church; that is, those essential elements of our faith that, from the beginning, all true Christians have believed.

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1 Sarah R = "Hebrews 2:1-4We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angelswas binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will."
2 Cary W = "Hebrews 2:1-4The Message (MSG)2 1-4 It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit."
3 Cary W = "Even ridiculous!  The pure faith of the 1st century church is unprecedented, and only seen in a few places on Earth today.  Certainly not in America, where a true revival of vibrant faith and Christ filled gatherings was common in 1977.  We have entered a new world since 2000, where everything is instant and electrified, yet we are still awaiting the hour our hearts are joined in the electric illumination of Christ in our midst in the age of Grace!"
4 Sarah R = "In order to understand the roots of Christianity,  we must travel back to the Old Testament. Just the fact that we are in the new covenant should make us curious about the old covenant and God's history of interacting with His people. For more on this, also see:What is Christianity?The Connection Between the Old and New TestamentPromise to Fulfillment"
5 Sarah R = "Outsiders to the Christian faith often criticize that there are so many different Christian denominations and say that there is therefore no one, true Christian doctrine. This is both true and false. The denominations do disagree about things like how to hold services, rules for pastors (and whether they are called pastors, priests or reverends), and what the gifts of the spirit are. But among all true Christian churches there is actually a great deal of agreement in the core truths of Whom we serve (the One true God), the main problem of humanity (sin), the solution to that problem (salvation through Jesus Christ), and the end result (eternal life for all who believe)."
6 Cary W = "Yes, and amen!  We must find the place within and within our relationships that is resonate with the behavior, attitude and consciousness of the early church.  I believe some of the quiet, diligent among us are finding such."