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Student Reference Material“FAITH OF OUR FATHERS”by MarkSidwell(SCENES FROM CHURCH HISTORY)“Willmington’sGuide to the Bible”-Pgs. 540-548Additional Class NotesFrom “HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN CHURCH” by Phillip Schaff
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Additional readings in early Church History:Eusebius’ “Ecclesiastical History”“The Works of Josephus”“The Works of Philo”And others……………..
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Requirements:2 reports due during semester(1) Person who made significant contributions to cause(2) Highlights of one particular era of church historyNote: Person and era will be assigned to you individuallyWeekly quiz over previous class3 exams during semester (4 to 5 weeks)Read “Faith of Our fathers”as assigned
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LESSON 1 INTRODUCTIONChurch history, it’s divisionsMissions-the spread of ChristianityPersecution- by Judaism, heathenism, etc.Church government and disciplineThe history of worshipChristian life, morality and religionHistory of theology, Christian learning and literature
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DIVINE SOURCESOld and New TestamentsHUMAN SOURCESWritten sourcesDocuments of authorities. LettersPrivate writings, church fathers, heretics, missionariesHistorians, inscriptions on tombs, catacombs, etc.Unwritten sourcesSculptures, paintings, ceremonies, monuments
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THE CHRONOLOGICAL METHODWillmington and others generally speak of 7 periods in Church HistorySchaff breaks it down further and lists 9 periodsNote: Probably not possible to state an exact date that an era begins or ends. The influence from one era begins in a previous time and carries over into the next.
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IT’S ORIGINPreparation began with creation of manPromise given to our first parents“Salvation is of the Jews”Call of Abraham to a nation in EgyptIsrael led out by Moses, led in by JoshuaDivided as a nation, fell into captivityRestored and fell againFulfilled it’s greatest mission-gave birth to theSaviour
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SEVEN PERIODS OF CHURCH HISTORY1. 30-100 APOSTOLIC AGE2. 100-313 A TIME OF GREAT PERSECUTION3. 314-590 THE COMPRISING CHURCH4. 590-1517 THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH5. 1517-1700 THE REFORMATION6. 1700-1900 A TIME OF GREAT REVIVAL7. 1900 ---THE APOSTATE (WORLDLY) CHURCH
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Schaff’s Periods of Church History1stper. (AD 1-100) Christ - Apostolic Church2ndper. (AD100-311) Death of John to Constantine3rdper. (AD311-590) Constantine to pope Gregory4thper. (AD 590-1049) Gregory I to Gregory VII5thper. (1049-1294) Gregory VII to Boniface VIII6thper. (1294-1517) Boniface VIII to Luther7thper. (1517-1648) Luther to treaty of Westphalia8thper. (1648-1790) West. To French Revolution9thper. (1790-----) From French Revolution
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THE APOSTOLIC AGEFrom AD 30-100 (approx. 70 yrs.)Pentecost to the death of JohnTraced in the Book of Acts to AD 63Last 30 yrs. of this period is vagueNo information as to numbers
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Noted reasons for it’s growthZeal of ChristiansThe immortality of the soulMiraculous powerMorality of early ChristiansUnity and Discipline
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Significance of the ageThe beginnings of the ChurchThe age of the Holy SpiritTakes up permanent abodeIs the only hope of the world
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Contains formula for future agesHighest standards of doctrineGenius of all true progressCan never outgrow ChristCannot go beyond the Word of God
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Three representative apostlesPeter in Acts to AD 50Paul in Acts to AD 63John to the close of the centuryThree Centers of influenceJerusalem, Antioch, & Rome
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PentecostHoly Spirit empowered ChurchSoundsFireLanguageFilling
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PeterThe Jerusalem ChurchPersecution by the JewsConversion of CorneliusStoning of StephenIn prison & went to another place
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PaulHis ConversionBecomes Paul The MissionaryThe Arabian retreatAntioch, the sending churchGospel preached and churches began in :Cyprus and Asia Minor
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Paul(CONTINUED)Success of the GospelPisidia, Lystra, Phrygia, and GalatiaIn Troas, Philippi, and ThessalonicaIn Athens, Corinth, and EphesusIn Miletus, Tyre, Malta and Rome
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JohnGospel of John, John 1,2,3The ApocalypseResides in EphesusExiled to Patmos by Domitian or NeroDied around 98
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The Book of ActsExternal history of early churchConnects Gospels and EpistlesShows many conflicts of churchEvery inch of ground disputed
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Heresies of the Apostolic ageThe Judaism/Christianity tendencyMixture of law and graceThe gnostic heresyDenies reality of Christ, antinomianismThe Judaism/paganism tendencyBlends Judaism with paganism

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