Picture of the New Testament Church (up to AD 312)
- Persecution could break out anytime. This was a time that always had this possibility. Joining this sect was clearly not the easy life.
- There was no public evangelism. You would not see many public speaking engagements. It was too dangerous.
- No "attractive" worship services. Generally, people outside the Christian circles were not invited or even allowed to Christian meetings. After Nero's persecution, many closed their doors completely to outsiders.
- Not mainstream religion. This was the counter-culture that was very secret and private.
- The incredible community these Christians had. Their lives were wrapped around their Christian community
- The love and peace that flowed within this community as well as towards others, even as they faced death.
- The extreme faithfulness to their beliefs and their king.