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Church History Study

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Defence (1800-1900AD)

As the authority of Scripture is attacked, and the wider culture increasingly focuses on the self; the church faces a very stiff test.  Jesus builds His church despite the winds of change blowing across the western world.  In fact, in a time like no other before, the Gospel spreads to the “far corners of the […]

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Revitalisation (1600-1800AD)

The reformation hit the church like an earthquake, and the aftershocks were felt long after Luther and Calvin.  Across Europe (but especially in England), believers (called Puritans) long to see all of church life conformed to Scripture.  It’s a pressure-filled period of church history, yet through it all, Jesus builds His church.  May we continue […]

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Reformation (1500-1600AD)

Rediscovered!  For centuries, the church had been distracted and confused.  During this remarkable period, the Word of God and the Gospel itself are brought back to the centre.  Through Luther, Calvin and many others reformation is in the air.  May we learn from this era, that we might continue to reform the church by the […]

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Entrenchment (1200-1500AD)

The church faces a crisis.  Reform is vital, but the church “digs in its heels” and entrenches itself against it. Learning and preaching are on the rise, but how will Christ’s church fare in this next pivotal phase?  Will the church heed worldly philosophy or Scripture? This is a key question for the church in […]

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Devotion (900-1200AD)

As the church continues to be distracted in the so called “Dark Ages,” rays of light burst forth.  Jesus continues to build His church, even though she’s all too often impure.  There’s a lot we can yet learn from Bernard, Anselm and Hildegarde von Bingen.  Most importantly, God’s people must be devoted to Christ! This […]

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Distraction (600-900AD)

As the Christianity spreads and the church gains influence, so too does the church become distracted.  It’s an era of monks, icons, popes and serfs.  As Christianity spreads, the world becomes a better place, but the church must beware pursuing worldly popularity! This is the third of 9 studies in Church History.

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Toleration (300-600AD)

As Christianity is legalised and the Roman Empire crumbles, the church enjoys newfound fruitfulness.  Doctrine is clarified, and the Gospel spreads.  At the same time, new dangers emerge – false teaching gains influence and unbiblical rituals are accepted by many.  The message for us is clear: hold tightly to Scripture and be wary of worldly […]

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Persecution (100-300AD)

How did the church of Jesus Christ fare after Jesus had ascended into heaven and the apostles all had died?  Let’s just say it was a “difficult” period.  Simultaneously though, the gospel continued to grow and bear fruit. There’s much to learn from the persecution of those who’ve gone before us.  Be faithful to Jesus, […]