If someone were to ask you, what is the history of the Church? What would your answer be?
If you are like many Christians today (especially in the western Church) you may not have an answer at all. Unfortunately, not many pastors teach on the history of the church which includes very critical topics such as how we got the Bible that we read today.
Without knowing this history and how the church has survived throughout history, we are allowing ourselves and other Christians to be empty-handed against the lies and schemes of this world when they attack the church today.
You might think, but what does the history of the church have to do with our faith in Jesus. Well I am so glad you asked! Without knowing the history of the church and the Bible itself, you may be fooled by the lies of the world when they try to claim that “Jesus wasn’t even a real person” or that “He didn’t do and say the things the Bible says”. Then the world pushes to answer why we should believe the Bible and its validity.
It is important to know the history of the Church and why we believe the Bible to be the true written and inerrant Word of God.
The Bible even instructs us and gives us examples of how we are to share the history of God’s faithfulness with the generations after us. In Exodus 13:4, it says “And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery’”. [Reference to Israel being freed from Egypt] Later the Israelites are instructed as they are given the commandments in Deuteronomy 6:7, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Another example in Joshua 4:6, it says “When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” [Reference to Israel crossing the Jordan to enter the Promised Land] Another great reference is Psalm 78:4, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done.”
Without the passing down of knowledge and teaching, following generations will be further removed from what has happened and eventually lose all touch or reference to it. Thankfully, we have those who God used over the years to maintain, not only an oral record, but also a written record. Knowing the history of the Church and how things happened over time, allows us to remove doubts and questions from our minds that may be introduced by those attempting to deceive or mislead.
Sharing events or moments of God’s faithfulness that happened in our lifetime or that we have been taught as well, with those younger than us, can also help us to not forget. Psalm 77:11-12, “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will consider all Your works and meditate on all Your mighty deeds.”
Over a series of outlets, we will be teaching through some Church History, including the Bible. Whether you are following us and the content we will be releasing or looking elsewhere, we encourage you to seek knowledge pertaining to the history of the Church so that you too can see God’s faithfulness.