Church History Seminar


Course Description.

Winston Churchill said, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” The saying applies to politics as well as to the Church. The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

No one book or course entitled “Church History” could adequately cover all the major people, eras or events of the Christian Story. With that in mind, The Church History Seminar is designed to give the student a broad picture of our Story in the hope that a greater love and appreciation for the Church be cultivated. It is also an intention of this course that the student obtain a better picture of what our Lord has been doing and continues to do through His Church through the ages in order that we might catch a better glimpse of our place in the Story.


During your three weeks of lecture, we will cover important persons, events and decision from the first century to the present. Week one covers the Patristic Era, week two covers the Middle Ages and week three covers the Reformation to the present.

At the completion of this course the student should be able to outline and explain the major figures that influenced the various eras of Church history, the important theological decisions made by the Church, the strengths and weaknesses of the Church as she has tried to fulfill the Great Commission and how the Church in previous eras has impacted the present-day Church


Church History Seminar aims to go beyond the Biblical introduction you receive in SBS. This seminar will build on your understanding of Scriptural content and build a framework for the overall story of the Bible which will lead you to more accuracy when studying and teaching the Word!

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