At the end of the chapter, Dunn has a great section on what would have drawn people to the church as opposed to other contemporary groups. He lists nine reasons people would have been drawn to the early church:
1. The transformative power of Paul's message. People's lives were being changed as a result of their encounter with God in the early church.
2. Striking experiences of the Spirit and of power. God was at work in new and amazing ways in the early church. People were getting healed, demons were being exorcized, and the poor were being provided for.
3. The promise of eternal life. The Christian hope is one of resurrection from the dead.
4. The draw of union with a man who conquered death. Jesus stood out as unique among men.
5. Religious devotion. People are always looking for a serious religion. Christianity provided this without demanding judaizing.
6. The completeness of the religion. Christianity is a sound faith that adequately answers many of mankind's most difficult philosophical and religious questions.
7. Good food. Many of the early Christians were poor and would have looked forward to the communal meals.
8. Community. Then as now, people struggled with loneliness and anxiety. The church provided them with a sense of belonging.
9. Openness to members of varying social status. The church was a place where Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free, rich and poor could all eat and fellowship together.
These are great insights from Dunn. How many of these could be said of our churches today?