Chapter 1 divides the first century of church history into roughly three periods.
This article is about the importance of history and church history: it is the stage on which God works his wondrous will.
Why study church history? This article looks at eleven reasons why we should know our own spiritual roots.
Church history should not be boring because Christ is the one who directs history to accomplish his goal. In history we learn about the victory of the gospel, see our mistakes, and from the church in how they dealt with similar situations of false teaching, and we see the sovereignty of God. Let this article unpack it for you.
Church history should not be boring, because it is your story. By becoming part of God's church, you become one with this history. History is God's story—in it we see the work of God in building a church. History reveals the need for redemption and points to the reality that God provided a redeemer.
Why should we love church history? Church history is the unfolding of God's plan of redemption. It shows how God preserves His church and causes it to increase. It affirms the faithfulness of God's word. It gives encouragement to believers to be courageous. It provides examples of godly individuals. And finally, it fill us with humility.
Church history should be part of the devotional life of a Christian. Through church history we see the sovereignty of God, learn to talk about the biblical teaching, recognize heresies, remain rooted, understand church practices, and live courageously for Christ.