Why Studying Church History is Important

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Something we’ve started recently at White Fields is a series of classes we’re calling: School of Ministry and Discipleship.

The idea is that have started offering a series of 5-week Christian education classes on various topics in a classroom setting. I like to think of it as Bible college for people who don’t have time to go to Bible college.

We ran a test of this last spring, learned a few things, and are ready to start again with our first 3 classes: Christianity 101 and Church History: Parts 1 & 2.

Interestingly, the Gospel Coalition just put out an article this week titled: The Role of History in Reclaiming the Christian Mind.

Here’s an excerpt:

“One of the besetting sins of evangelicalism is a mostly ahistorical approach to theology and praxis. As evangelicals, we appeal to the supreme authority of Scripture, and rightly so. But we don’t read our Bibles in a vacuum.”

Understanding God’s working in and through the church over the past 2000 years, as well as how Christianity developed in doctrine and practice is important for us as Christians today. For me, studying Christian History was one of the most enriching and enlightening parts of going to seminary, and I hope to share some of that with other people.

If you live near Longmont and would be interested in attending these free classes, they will be held on Sundays at noon starting April 3.

For more information or to sign up, click HERE.

 

2 thoughts on “Why Studying Church History is Important

  1. Nick, I am enjoying reading your blog. One of the most interesting books I’ve read (actually while in Debrecen) was Foxes Book of Martyrs (sp?). Have you read it? It really gave me a perspective of church history I hadn’t heard before. All the best to you and your precious family.
    Carol

    1. Hi Carol! Great to hear from you.
      Yes, I have read Foxes Book of Martyrs, it’s a classic all Christians should read, in my opinion. I like the updated one which contains more modern martyrs as well.
      I’ll be going to Debrecen next week, preaching at church there on March 6. I’ll be thinking of you! I’m just popping in there on a quick trip I’m making to Hungary and Ukraine to teach at a conference and visit some missionaries and churches. I’ll post about it here on the blog. Blessings!

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