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“He that will deserve the name of a Christian must be such a man as excelleth through the knowledge of Christ and His doctrine; in modesty and righteousness of mind, in constancy of life, in virtuous fortitude, and in maintaining sincere piety toward the — Eusebius of Caesarea (263-339?)

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Nicaea, the site of the first Christian Council, was surrounded by strong defense walls and was located at the busy trade crossroads of Galatia and Phrygia.

Survey of Church History

Course Number: CH505


Professor of Church History and Director Emeritus of the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts

Course Description:

Church history is the heart of His story, God’s kingdom work on earth. This course explores the development of the Christian church from Pentecost to the present day. It covers key people and events that God used throughout history to bolster His Church and also those negative influences that infected her.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify significant points of church history and describe their impact on the church today.
  2. List the salient elements of early Christian worship.
  3. Identify the major contribution that Augustine and the Reformers made to the church’s theological understanding of salvation, redemption, and grace.
  4. Ponder the implications of “martyr faith” for his/her own life and ministry.

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