The Early Church To
Elder @ Northwest Church in Westminister, CO
I. The Ancient Church (100 – 313 A.D.)
Lesson 1. Historical Backgrounds and the World of the Early Church
II. The Imperial Church (313 to 476 A.D.)
III. Medieval Christianity (476 to 1521 A.D.)
• The Story of Christianity – The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Revised Edition; Justo L. Gonzalez
• Church History – From Christ to the Pre-Reformation, 2nd Edition; Everett Ferguson
• Backgrounds of Early Christianity, 3rd Edition; E.verett Ferguson
• Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire; Peter H. Wilson
• Without understanding our past, we are unable to understand ourselves, for in a sense the past still lives in us and influences who we are and how we understand the Christian message.
• The notion that we consistently read the New Testament exactly as the early Christians did, without any weight of tradition coloring our interpretation is an illusion. It is also a dangerous illusion, for it tends to dogmatize our interpretation, confusing it with the Word of God.
• Not only is our view of the present colored by our history, but our view of history is also colored by the present and by the future we envision.
• History is not the pure past; history is a past interpreted from the present of the historian.
• Every renewal of the church, every great age in its history, has been grounded on a renewed reading of history.
• 333 B.C. – Alexander the Great & the Macedonian armies
• 323 B.C. – Ptolemaic rule
• 200 B.C. – Seleucid rule
• 164 B.C. – Hasmonean rule
• 63 B.C. – Roman rule
• 40 B.C. to 3 A.D. – Herod the Great
• 70 A.D – Destruction of Jerusalem
• 135 A.D. – Hadrian removes Jews from Judea
Galatians 4: 4 __“But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law”