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Church History

A Timeline of the Sacred Past

In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, Who established His Church during His earthly ministry. Every component of the church was completed prior to His death with the last being the institution of the Lord's Supper. We even see worship, prayer and a business meeting before Pentecost.     

In the Introduction to Church History, we will examine how the Greek, Roman and Jewish cultures each had an important role to play in making the scriptures available to the world and spreading the gospel quickly throughout the known world.  We will then look at the early church, both in the gospels and the book of Acts, to see how church leadership was established.  We will take note of how persecution aided in the rapid spread of the gospel.  Also of interest is how many heresies developed during the second and third centuries--and how they are still evident in today’s cults.

Our sermon series on the book of Acts of the Apostles is an excellent companion study to this series.

Section 1:  The First Century

Code   Sermon Titles

CH001   Introduction to Church History

CH002   The Impact of Greek Influence

CH003   The Impact of the Roman Empire  

CH004   The Impact of the Jewish Culture  

CH005   Early Persecution of church by Jews  

CH006   Apostolic Foundation - Christ the Cornerstone  

CH007   Apostolic Mission and Responsibilities  

CH008   The Acts of the Apostles  

CH009   Peter to the Gentiles at Antioch

CH010   Transition from Jew to Gentile                                    

CH011   Creation of the Eldership [1]  

CH012   Creation of the Eldership [2]

CH013   The Office of Deacon  

CH014   Church Structure and Order  

CH015   Christendom 100 AD

Continuing sections:

Section 2:  The Second and Third Centuries

Section 3:  The Struggle of the Old “Catholic” Imperial Church--A.D. 100-325

Section 4:  The Rise of Ecclesiastical Abuse–A.D. 325–500

Section 5:  Was the Apostle Peter the Founder and the First Pope of the Church Universal?

Cross Reference to sermons in others series that touch on this topic:

“Special Occasions” series:

SO02   Happy “All Saints Day” (Dan. 7:18, 27)

SO05   Show Me Agape Love - St. Valentine (John 13:14-35)

SO06   A Passion for Souls - St. Patrick (Acts 16:1-10)

SO07   The “Five Solas” - Happy Reformation Day (Rom. 3:20-31)

SO13   A Heart of Generosity--St. Nicholas of Myra (Prov. 22:9, Lk. 6:38, Acts 20:35)