Seven Things We Teach
In Matthew 28:16-20 a passage known as The Great Commission, Jesus instructed his apostles to go and make disciples of all nations, and to instruct these new disciples to obey everything Jesus had taught them.
The early church took the teachings of Jesus and his apostles very serious. This collection of instructions handed down from Christ to his apostles became known as “The Teaching.” Every follower of Christ was expected to learn them because they instructed both men and women how God intended people to live in this world.
The inspired New Testament writings of the apostles were used as tools to help in establishing the churches in The Teaching. This new way of Spirit led living brought about powerful transformations of character in the lives of those who diligently practiced these instructions.
The letters of the apostles to the churches were very practical instructions that embodied “The Teaching.”
The Teaching or “Didache” as it was called taught:
1. A Life completely devoted to Loving God and people (Matthew 22:37-40).
2. A commitment to follow the way of Christ and His apostles (Acts 2:42, 1 Corinthians 11:1).
3. Proper relationships within the family unit as a priority (Ephesians 5:22-6:4 & Colossians 3:18-21).
4. Proper relationships within the local Church family (Romans 12:9-13 & Colossians 3:12-14).
5. A pattern of proper behavior toward their neighbors (Matthew 5:13-16).
6. Proper attitude and conduct toward those in authority (Romans 13:1-7 & 1 Peter 2:13-15).
7. A lifestyle of watchfulness and personal responsibility (Ephesians 4:20-32 & Colossians 3:1-17).
Christ and his apostles modeled this Spirit empowered way of living, and the early church leaders considered this way of life to be the norm for all Christians.