The First Great Awakening

By Emmanuel Oluwatoba | Niger, Nigeria Introduction The Great Awakening was a movement that started between the 1730s and 1740s. Around this time, passion for religion started to wax cold. As a counter to this trend, the Great Awakening gave listeners a sense of personal guilt and the need for salvation through a series of

Jesus Built His Church

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA With this article, we are beginning a new series that will continue over the next several issues in which we will be taking a broad look at “church history.” We will discuss the changes that took place after the time of the apostles, the rise of the Catholic Church,

The Church at the End of the First Century

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA As we noticed in the previous article under this section, Jesus promised to build His church (Matthew 16:18) and it was established on the day of Pentecost following His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into heaven (Acts 2). As Paul explained, the Lord’s church was “built on the foundation

Early Persecution

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA As the apostles were commissioned to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19), this would include preparing these disciples to face persecution for the cause of Christ. Jesus warned about this in His Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and

The Rise of Catholicism

By Julius C. Nwankwo | Aba, Nigeria The history of God’s people in the Old Testament is a history of faithfulness, apostasy, and restoration. This is also true of the church. Next to a study of the Bible, church history is the most valuable study for a Christian. In this study, we are going to