Following on from quote yesterday from Alec Motyer, here is another section which speaks (again) with such clarity into local church life:
“the scattered churches were not isolated. Their great link with each other was the person of the aspotle; they also shared apostolic letters with each other; and in addition there is evidence in the New Testament of a variety of travelling ministers, dependent on the hospitality and support of the churches to which they came.”
If apostolic ministry is still a legitimate ‘function’, then the picture painted by Alec Motyer must help shape our understanding and expectation of what it means to be part of a family of churches.
See Terry Vigo’s posts on Apostles Today