These studies in early church history cover various aspects of the church life of early Christians. They focus on the second century.
What did the second century Christian leaders say about faith, baptism, infant baptism, worship services, the Lord's Supper, prayer, singing, church organization, mercy and the role of women? New Testament texts bearing on the topic are listed at the beginning of each chapter. We are talking about the same community of people, the same church, as existed in the New Testament. Such writings have an important bearing on the interpretation of the Scriptures.
Reliable & Refreshing
Early Christians Speak has quickly become one of my favorite books, both for re-reading and for reference. Ferguson surveys the life and thought of the early church by highlighting what is perhaps most lacking in contemporary debates today: the voices of early Christians themselves. Whether one seeks to better understand the church of the New Testament, how various beliefs and practices developed through the first few centuries, or even how the church today has departed from "the faith once delivered," Ferguson's book provides a reliable and refreshing place to begin.