Many believe that the church began at pentecost in Acts chapter 2.  But, it really doesn’t matter what many believe: what matters is what the word of God says.  Jesus said, “It is written.”  We should follow his example, and say “It is written” and … “Thus saith the LORD.”  Of course, the foundation of this “bible” study (both the live studies and this website) is that we have the word of God and can say thusly.  So, in the study entitled Introduction to the Early Church, we looked into what the word of the God says.  For starters, we looked and saw a reference to the church, in Acts chapter 7, that goes back long before pentecost: to “the church in the wilderness”  (Acts 7:38).  And then, with that opening of the veil, we saw other references to the church in the “old testament” that further removed the veil and revealed the eye-opening truth of when the church truly began.  And as a result we saw more clearly, with our eyes opened by the scriptures as-written, that the church was (and is) to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.  I hope the study notes Introduction to the Early Church are a blessing to all who read them, and that they prompt further searching of the scriptures and a love for God’s word and God’s people.