Church history…? Why bother to study church history? What do old, dead guys have to do with me?
We live in a time of break-neck change. Technology and world upheaval pushes us along. As Human cultures adjust, one wonders, Where will this end?
The Evangelical Church is faced with tremendous challenges in outreach and discipleship. Considering change, what are the key priorities? Certainly, we would say the Gospel! How does the Church pass it along in the present context? Have Evangelicals made mistakes in the last 50 years? Will there be more?
We cannot know the future, but we can know the past! The past paints a picture that guides us into the future.
The Irish Philosopher Edmund Burk commented, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” C. S. Lewis stated, “We all want progress, but if you‘re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."
For Christians, the most important history is Church history, as it is the story of what God has been doing with His people throughout the ages.
On December 4, I will begin the first session of four adult seminars on church history. The first session on Ancient Church History will cover roughly 100-600AD. Topics will include: Who were some of the important men used to establish the Church? How did we get the New Testament Canon? What are key doctrines that developed as first importance? How did the Church meet the demand of understanding the true from the false? How did authority become established? What were early views on the “True Church” as opposed to the “false churches?” Most importantly, how did Christian worship develop? What are the implications of the Early Church for today?
The first session will begin at 9:45 am in the church gym this coming Sunday. I hope you will join me for this foundational course that will give a sense of context, community, and continuity as a Christian in the 21st century!