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How did the first church gatherings prove that Jesus was raised from the death?
At supper-tables, in homes and workshops across the empire, where believers, men, women, children, slaves (free and bound) from multi-ethnic and multi-demographic and multi-economic backgrounds (aka, strangers and unequals) ate together and lifted a cup to the resurrected traitor Jesus Christ, listened to apostolic teaching, and joined in a weak, yet unconquerable fellowship in the face of danger behind every social interaction with those outside that table fellowship.
This is how they proved Jesus was resurrected and now sat at the right of God.
This was their apologetics.
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Chip M. Anderson, advocate for biblical social action; pastor of an urban church plant in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, CT; husband, father, author, former Greek & NT professor; and, 19 years involved with social action.