A.A. and First Century Christianity
Dick B.
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Early A.A. Was Consistently Called “First Century Christianity.” Why!

Two elements stand out when it comes to what the early Christians did.

Daily: Mark 14:49 is one of the many instances where Jesus emphasized his daily
teaching in the temple: “I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took
me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.”

Daily Fellowship by the Apostles and Disciples after Pentecost. Acts 2:38-47:

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you and to your children and as many as the Lord your God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized, and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common. And sold their possessions and goods; and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

Those First Century Christians who were saved became the body of Christ, and members in particular

In 1 Corinthians 12:13, the Apostle Paul declared:

“Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular.”

Time and time again early A.A.’s fellowship was described as “First Century Christianity.” And the Akron pioneer AAs called themselves a “Christian Fellowship.”

These important themes constitute a major emphasis of International Christian Recovery Coalition, and were principal discussions in our three major conferences in California

Author's Bio: 

Dick B. is a writer, historian, retired attorney, Bible student, and active recovered A.A. member who has attained over 25 years of continuous sobriety. He has published 42 titles and more than 675 articles on A.A. history and the Christian Recovery Movement