For there to be a meaningful relationship between the early Church and the present day Church, there needs to be a sense of connectedness and continuity of organization, and connectedness and continuity of aim. The early Church was formed around the twelve apostles and its aims centrally included proclamation of the teachings of Jesus. So to claim a direct connection with this Church, the modern day Church has to maintain an organization similar to and continuous with that of the apostolic church, and must concentrate on teaching the implications of the original revelation. Defining these implications involves more than deducing doctrine from the ‘deposit of faith’, the core of which is the Bible; interpretation of that deposit in the light of the Church's prior teaching is also necessary.
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