The Early Church

Donald L. Norbie, Greeley, Colorado, USA [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

Category: Book Review

Rediscovering truth for the churches, Donald L. Norbie, 126pp. Published by Christian Missions Press, P.O. Box 2222, Oklahoma City, OK 73101, U.S.A.

The vast changes that have taken place in our own society in recent times are advanced by some Christians as sufficient grounds for making wholesale changes in church practices. By common consent, the way in which the early Christians conducted themselves, individually and collectively, is accepted as the high water-mark of Christian testimony. We have record of their complete devotion to the things of God, and their absolute dedication to His work, so that the flame of the gospel that swept across Mediterranean lands, with the establishment of numerous local churches that followed, seemed to be an inevitable sequel. Paramount in all the activities of these companies of believers was an attachment to the clear teachings of the apostles – their ‘doctrine’. Today questions are being asked as to the credibility of such an approach to service by local churches; is not the decline that we see a direct result of an unwillingness to change? Donald Norbie takes the positive view that everything we do in church activities should be justified by the clear teaching of Scripture; that this is a credible and viable way forward he endeavours to prove in the twenty-seven chapters of his book. He does so in succinct fashion, presenting his case with conviction. At the same time he takes on board many of the dissentient views that are openly expressed today, and deals with them by reference to God’s unalterable word. This is a helpful, thought-provoking book, of special benefit to those harbouring deep concerns as to the future for our local churches.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Donald Norbie is in fellowship with the assembly in Greeley, Colorado, and is a commended full-time worker. A regular contributor to Precious Seed and other assembly magazines his ministry is widely appeciated throughout N. America and the UK.

There are 21 articles in
ISSUE (2002, Volume 57 Issue 2)


The Antidote to Life’s Weariness

Behold Christ

Buy the Truth

The Central London Church of Christ


The Early Church


The Fragrance of Unity

Gatherings in The Early Church

Gospel Work and other Activities

Isaiah saw His Glory and spoke of Him

Look for God’s Look for God’s hand in it!

The Ministry for Europe Trust

Parenting, Based on God’s Word for His People

Pensford Gospel Hall

Saving Faith

Studies In 1 Thessalonians

The UK Assembly Address Book

The Unwanted Husband

What is the difference between praise and worship?

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There are 41 articles by this author

Schooled In The Assembly

Job’s Concern...A Timely Word For Christian Parents

A Perverted Gospel?

What Is Your Motivation For Serving God?

Will You Die Well

What isLove?

Has life always been good to you or do you live in quiet desperation?

Is ThereTruth?

The Passion of the Christ

Blurring the Distinctives

Too Hard!

Buy the Truth

The Early Church

Is there Forgiveness?

What is this business about Deacons

The Attire of an Harlot

Harmony in God’s Family

Faith for the Work

Do You Love God?

Why Does an Assembly Die?

The Problem of The Problem of Obesity

The Devotion of Youth

Decidiing with peace

How do you do the Breaking of Bread

Balancing Your Dispensations

The Character of worship

Is The Lord Enough?

Spiritual Compromise

So What is Wrong?

A Time to Weep

Sensual Religion

Should Christians observe the Sabbath?

The Healing of the family

How important is the Assembly?

Flee Lust

So, You want to be Contemporary?

The Servants of God

A Holy Man of God

The Son of Man

The Power of Choice

An Anchor for the Soul