One of the magazine’s I have appreciated over the years is Christian History. It went out-of-print for a few years, but is now back in circulation and available on-line at no charge.
Their most recent fascicle, #105, addresses the theme of “Christianity in Early Africa: Ancient Traditions, Profound Impact.”
In the “Editor’s Note,” two significant lessons learned from early African believers are highlighted.
The lessons from these stories are many, but two stand out. The first is the high regard in which early African believers held the Bible.
The second lesson is the high regard in which early African believers held the Church – with a capital “C.” Christ’s command for unity was serious, visible, and structural.
These are two truths we continue to value highly today. We do so because the Bible teaches them, and also because in living out our commitment to these truths we give a visible manifestation of the gospel we profess. This reflects our commitment to the doctrinal centrality of the gospel and the functional centrality of the gospel, our commitment to orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right behavior).
May our doctrine be true to God’s Word; may our lives reflect that true doctrine.