Theology and Apologetics Roundtable: Early Church Fathers Mentorship

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Early Church Fathers Mentorship

These early church fathers, like Cyprian who challenged believers who lapsed away from the truth and the church, and Pachomius who emphasized community and accountability as a means of spiritual of growth, were serious about the truth and knowledge they gathered from the Scriptures. One of the key principles I think anyone can take from this is the need for “community”. We are a Church…a global community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Cyprian believed in Christians living out what they professed. Pachomius believed in growing together as a unit. Augustine wrote letters of encouragement and theological resources to the spiritual leaders.
If I could give one central scriptural reference that is applicable to this subject it would be Proverbs 27:17- “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. Paul practiced this with Barnabas, Luke, and Timothy. Our Savior practiced this. Our church fathers continued this. What excuse do we have for not continuing this today?