Dr. Alan Strange, Professor of Church History, takes us through the doctrine of the spirituality of the Church as it was articulated throughout church history, beginning with the Early Church through the era of American Slavery and the Civil War.
The term Paul uses for ministers was originally used for those who wait upon tables, providing those whom they serve with food that they neither produced nor prepared. By using this term, Paul underscores the lowly position of those who minister the gospel in relation to the one on whose behalf they serve. The field in which they labor is “God’s field.”
Unlike the Old Testament temple where there was a wall of separation between Jews and Gentiles, the New Testament temple is a community of those who have been reconciled to God, and to each other, by the blood of Jesus.