The History of the Church


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Message – The History of the Church

There are several different meanings of the the word “church.”  In the New Testament, most church references talk about the worldwide body of believers.
  1. Pentecost – the church grows from 120 to 3000 from one sermon (Acts 1:15, Acts 2:41)
  2. Apostolic Age – 30 to 100 AD
  3. Ante Nicene Age – 100 to 325 AD (Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria)
  4. Nicene Age – 325 to 600 AD (Augustine of Hippo, Constantine, Jerome, Pelagius, Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, First Council of Nicene, First and Second Council of Constantinople)
  5. Middle or Dark Ages – 600 to 1500 AD (Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, John Wycliffe, John Huss)
  6. The Reformation Age – 1500 to 1600 AD (William Tyndale, Martin Luther, Huldreich Zwingli, John Calvin, John Knox, Anabaptist Movement, Jesuits, Westminster Confession)
  7. The Modern Age – 1600 to 1970 AD (The Enlightenment, Jonathan Edwards, John and Charles Wesley, C.H. Spurgeon, D.L Moody, Soren Kierkegaard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Great Awakening, Methodism, Quakers, Unitarianism)
  8. The Post-Modern Age – 1970 to Present (Postmodernism Movement, The Jesus Movement, The Emerging Church, Vineyard Movement, House Church Movement)

1 Corinthians 1:10-15

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name.

1 Peter 3:8

8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

Ephesians 4:1-4

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

Philippians 2:1-2

1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

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