Steve Walton, "Calling the Church Names: Learning about Christian Identity from Acts," 223–241
The ecclesiology of Acts has long been a matter of debate. This article studies the six main names used by the Jesus-believers for their community(ies): “the brothers and sisters,” “the disciples,” “assembly,” “the believers,” “the way,” and “the holy ones.” The picture which emerges is of a community which sees itself as strongly in continuity with Israel, but Israel restored in the manner envisaged by the prophets, not least as in Isaiah 40 and Daniel 7. The titles present the communities as founded on faith in Jesus, and following Jesus’ way—and all this as the restored and renewed Israel.
David J. Downs, "Pauline Ecclesiology," 243–255
Given that the Pauline letters bear constant and impassioned witness to the apostle Paul’s establishment and continued formation of Christ-believing assemblies and (in the case of 1–2 Timothy, Titus, and perhaps Philemon) the leaders responsible for their care, it would not be much of an overstatement to call Paul the “father of ecclesiology.” This essay offers a broad overview of Pauline ecclesiology by examining ecclesiological language and imagery in Paul’s letters and the organization and practices of the Pauline churches.