Friends, Welcome to Early Church History! There are three goals I want you to attain in this class. They are:
You should know the truth. By truth I mean the orthodox Christianity that has been handed down for two thousand years.
You should know what is false. You will find that false teaching/ heresy is nothing new. It has existed from the beginning of the church. There are no new heresies. The church has experienced the same old heresies reworked and restated for two thousand years. By knowing the truth it is easy to discern that which is false.
You should have a focus on mission. I hope you will realize the similarities between ancient Rome, the context of the early church, and our postmodern and post Christendom culture today. What made the early church grow and thrive in her first three hundred years can be implemented today. Our mission has not changed!
You will be required to read all the books listed, participate in our conference calls, and write a 5-10 page paper. Your final paper must be a minimum of 5 pages long or it will be rejected. I hope your journey through early church history will equip you to be a missional pastor with a passion for the kingdom of God. Enjoy! Love & Peace, Pastor Rick
Church History Syllabus and reading list.
Here are the books I would like you to access. Some of them are available online so that you will not need to purchase them…unless you want to. I will give you the ISBN codes and the stock numbers for Christian Book Distributors. They usually have the best prices. You can also order at Amazon.com and save shipping.
A History of Christianity, Volume 1: Beginnings to 1500 (Revised) [Paperback] cost is $25.34. - Kenneth S. Latourette (Author)
DICTIONARY OF THE Christian Church edited by F.L. Cross and E. A. Livingston (paperback)
THE EARLY CHURCH – HENRY CHADWICK
The Incarnation Of The Word by Athanasius-ISBN9781475035346 - Author: Athanasius, Saint (c 297-373) - Available at Amazon for $6.99 or kindle for $5.99(only 39 pages)
On the Holy Spirit: St. Basil the Great (Popular Patristics) Paperback by Stephen M. Hildebrand (Author)
UNDER THE INFLUENCE- How Christianity Transformed Civilization – ALVIN SCHMIDT - This is now titled: How Christianity Changed the World
CHURCH NEXT: Quantum Changes in How we do Ministry by Eddie Gibbs
Rebirth of the Church, The: Applying Paul's Vision for Ministry in Our Post-Christian World Paperback by Eddie Gibbs (Author)
Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit Paperback - by Francis Chan
Go To Jail: A Call to Christians [Paperback] -Rick Bezanson
Megashift Hardcover by James H. Rutz (Author)
The Open Church Paperback – May, 2005 by James H. Rutz (Author), Ray Stedman (Foreword), Jim Hayford (Foreword)
Fast Facts on False Teachings Paperback – July 1, 2003 - by Ron Carlson (Author), Ed Decker (Author)
The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics Paperback – September, 2002 - by Robert A. J. Gagnon (Author)