I was discussing Church history and the importance of it as an acedemic discipline for Christians with a friend. This person stated that his or her particular denomination does not care as much about Church history as mine. I found this to be an odd statement since I have always found Church history to be an exciting way to learn of the ways in which God has been working in the life of His people.
Church history is the unfolding of God's sovereign plan of redemption. In Church history you see great battles that have been fought for the honor of Lord Jesus as well as low points where people who once claimed the name of Jesus deny him. You get to witness entire nations covenant to live unto Christ as well as heathen lands and people won to the gospel and converted to the Lord.
Church history is found at the beginning of the Word of God with the famed "and he begat" statements. The unfolding of the Hebrew idea of Toledoth (generations) is Church history. This glorious history that began with the seed of the woman, continued through the fathers, through kings and through harlots. This history and seed is seen in David, through the prophets of old and even at times in captive lands. The history continues in Matthew. "This is the book of the generation of Jesus Christ."
The book of Acts guided by Luke the physician to the God fearing Theophilus is the history of the Church. How does the book of Acts end? The book of Acts ends with an opening, a wide opening that calls out for the people of God to watch and to take note. Take note of what the Lord is doing in the earth.
What is the purpose of Church history? It is not dry and dull academic excercises. Church history is the story of God redeeming his people. Are you part of this story?
More on Church History
Puritan History IQ
-Do you enjoy Church history? Why or Why not?
-Could you talk to a non-Christian about where we got our Bible?
-How about our doctrine of the Trinity?
-Do you know the history of your congregation or denomination?
-Can you admit to your Puritan IQ?
Soli Deo Gloria!