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Alex Kremer // 11-19-20 // Early Church History - The Apostolic Fathers, Part 2

In this session, we continue our look at the Apostolic Fathers, the earliest writings of the early church outside scripture.  Some of these authors likely knew at least some of the Lord's Apostles.  As we see in our continued review of 1 Clement, this letter from the church in Rome to the church in Corinth makes mention of the travels and writings of Paul as well as of Peter.  Ignatius was an acquaintance of Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of the Apostle John.

Thank you for listening.  May the Lord bless you as you study early church history with us.

Alex Kremer // 11-12/20 // Early Church History - The Apostolic Fathers, Part 1

Who are the Apostolic Fathers?  More accurately, what are the Apostolic Fathers?  The Apostolic Fathers is a collection of the earliest surviving Christian writings outside the New Testament.  Written in the period roughly from AD 95 to 140, these writings were created in the first generation after the Apostles

While not part of the Canon of Scripture, these writings provide an insight into the early church as it moved out of the Age of the Apostles.  The best of these show a firm belief in the doctrines of Scripture as taught by the Apostles.

Thank you for listening.  May you be blessed as we continue our progression through early church history.

Alex Kremer // 10-08-2020 / Early Church History / Persecution

During Jesus' ministry on earth, He taught His disciples that they would face persecution for His name (Mark 10:29-30; Matthew 5:10).  The fact is that persecution is a fact of Christianity.  From the very foundation of the church, this persecution has taken many forms and come from many sources.

In today's session, we look at the persecution beginning with the Jewish persecution, but as recorded in the book of Acts, as well as the persecution that continued and is recorded in history outside the pages of Scripture.  We then move on to the persecution under the Roman empire.

And as grim as this topic is to consider, we also consider the fruit of persecution.  It is often said that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.  Persecution led to the spread of the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.

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Alex Kremer 09-24-2020 // Early Church History // The Jewish World; Hellenistic Judaism to the Apostolic Age

As Alexander the Great conquered the Mediterranean world and into the regions of modern day Iraq, Iran and India, he brought with him.  In today's session, we see how Greek culture influenced the culture and language of Judea.  By the time the church enters the scene, the primary translation of the Scriptures is the Septuagint; the Greek translation of the Old Testament.

We finish our session with an introduction into the Apostolic Age.

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Alex Kremer 09-17-2020 // Early Church History // The Jewish World; The Exile to the Roman Occupation

The church was born into a specific period in history, to a specific culture, location, language, etc.  In last week's session we looked at the impact of the Greek and Roman worlds on the birth of the church.

This week, we begin to look at the Jewish world, from the Babylonian Exile to the Roman occupation.  We will see the rise of such figures as the Herods in Palestine and how their reign paved the way for the Roman occupation of Palestine.

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Alex Kremer 09-10-2020 // Early Church History // 02 Historical Backgrounds

"When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)

Jesus Christ came into the world at a particular point in history, to a particular place in the world and born into a particular culture.  But none of this happened by chance but God sovereignly ordaining the time and place of His appearing.  Not only this, but the circumstances into which the Lord was born ensured that the Church would be born into circumstances that would help promote the spread of the Gospel.

Join us for the second lesson in early church history as we study the historical background of the church.  We will see how history prior to the appearing of Jesus Christ was truly preparation for His appearing.  And in doing so, we begin to see how history after His first coming paves the way for the diffusion of His Spirit throughout the world.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May the Lord bless you as you take this journey with us through the history of Jesus' Church.

Alex Kremer 09-03-20 // Early Church History // 01 Why Study Church History

Mention the topic of church history and you will likely hear the sound of eyes rolling.  History, in general, has the reputation of being dry, boring and generally unimportant.  And while history may be presented in this manner, we must never neglect the importance to our modern lives, especially when it comes to church history.

This is the first lesson in a series of lessons presented by Alex Kremer from Atlantic Gospel Chapel in which we will examine a variety of topics related to early church history.  In today's lesson, we ask the question, "Why should we study church history?"  We will see at least six reasons for a study of this type:

  1. The promise that Jesus will build His church
  2. The Scriptural precedence for knowing our history
  3. Learn from past mistakes; and correct current heresies
  4. Expand our horizons
  5. To be inspired by the reminders of what God is doing in His world
  6. The wealth of resources for spiritual nourishment

It is our prayer that you will be encouraged, challenged and strengthened through this study of Church history in the coming weeks and months.

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