1. Early Church Tendencies
1.1. Two Fundamental Convictions
Two fundamental convictions concerning the nature of the church, which are of great significance for the later development of church government, become evident in the NT writings.
1.1.1. The church has its origin in God’s actions in Jesus Christ. It is ekklēsia, or the people of the end time chosen and sanctified by God, to whom belongs the sphere of the sacred. Because he alone exercises hi…