Provide a 5 pages analysis while answering the following question: Historical Perspective of the Ministry. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Converting to Christianity meant the absolute belief in the teachings of Christ and serving Christ to the end with the hope of getting eternal life. Therefore the early church relied more on the teachings of the apostles on the expected practice of Christianity. There was no compromise to anything that fell short of Christian practice. nothing worldly was accepted in the early church but only true dedication to Christ. Paul’s instruction to the church was to reject those who did not follow the traditions delivered by disciples1. Self-sacrifice for the sake of Christ was a common practice among believers thus they persevered persecution for the sake of Christ. The roles in the church were subdivided to various genders with the men having the greater say in the church. Women were more of subordinates with a little role to play in the church2. Decisions concerning women in the traditional church were made by the female gender without much approval from the females. Leadership in the church was in the hands of men with women not supposed to contribute directly to the leadership.
Also, baptism was part of the practice of the early church. Baptism was a preserve of the adults-only who understood the Holy Scripture and was done after the person fasted. The practice of baptism was carried out by religious leaders after the person concerned had a clear understanding of the Christian religion. Running water was the most preferred venue for baptism to symbolize life. The holy trinity was involved in the ritual through immersion in the water three times in the name of the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Only in the absence of running water was still water preferred. In case both the running water and still water were absent, water was poured on the person’s head three times by the minister baptizing them in the name of the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. .