Church History

The study of church history provides a fascinating panorama of how the fledgling church established by Christ’s apostles took hold in the ancient world and went on to become a huge worldwide movement in the two millennia that followed. The spiritual journey of the church through history is an exciting drama filled with dynamic personalities, major world events, and spiritual insights that are applicable to our hearts today. From the time of the early church to the faithful today, we see how “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 ESV).

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The Ancient Church

We are indebted to the Church Fathers for the lasting influence of their lives and their works. This course covers the history of the ancient church (Pentecost to AD 500) and the men and writings of that era.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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Reformation Church History

The Reformation changed the world spiritually, socially, and politically. In this course, learners trace the historic development of the Protestant Reformation from its 16th-century background to its impact on the world and the church today.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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The History of Christianity in America

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” So said George Washington, reflecting early America's regard for divine providence. This course examines the church in America from its continental beginnings to the current day.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

He has been called one of the most brilliant men ever born on American soil. In this course, learners will examine the theological insights of Jonathan Edwards. Taking a topical approach, the course covers Edwards’ teachings on all the major points of systematic theology, giving particular emphasis to his unique theological contributions.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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Survey of Church History

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.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 25 Avg. Length: 43 Min.

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Church History to the Reformation

Nearly every major doctrine of the Church was established before the Reformation. In this course, learners discover how the Church’s doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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Church History Since the Reformation

Nearly every major doctrine of the Church was established before the Reformation. In this course, learners discover how the Church’s doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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The Radical Reformation

Where the Protestants wanted reform, the Radicals wanted separation. This course examines those groups of the Reformation era that sought a complete break from the Catholic Church.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 18 Min.

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The Theology of Martin Luther

“On this I take me stand. I can do no other. God help me.” Those words of Martin Luther reflect the unswerving commitment to Scripture that permeated his theology and sparked his Reformation.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 43 Min.

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A History of the Charismatic Movements

Charismatic theology is more than just a theology of spiritual gifts; worship, bibliology, sanctification, and ecclesiology are also central. Learners will complete a historical and theological study of the origins and developments of Classical Pentecostalism, Charismatic Renewalism, and Restoration Movements, with emphasis given to theological backgrounds and trends.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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Augustine and Medieval Theology

Augustine is one of the most influential theologians in church history. His teachings have shaped the thinking of Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Barth. In this course, learners study a comprehensive introduction to Augustine; his life, his works, and his legacy in the medieval church.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 36 Min.

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Karl Barth and Neo-Orthodoxy

Through the years, the church has been greatly influenced by theologians. Augustine shaped the church’s understanding of orthodoxy. Aquinas brought philosophy and theology together.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 26 Min.

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