This week we're wrapping up our series on church history. We're going to use an example from church history and see how it's used in modern political conversation. This will help us learn how to take some steps to analyze the validity of someone's argument.
Opening clip from the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast:
NOTE: One thing I forgot to mention here was the critical role that the printing press played in the rise of Protestantism. You can learn more about that by watching this cool video.
1525 – Anabaptists
Amish, Mennonites, Brethren
1534 – Anglicans
Church of England, Henry VIII
1536 – John Calvin
Reformed, Presbyterians, and Huguenots
1609 – Baptists
1738 – Methodists
John and Charles Wesley
1901 – Pentecostals and Charismatics
Azusa Street revival
Mid-1960s – Calvary Chapel
Mid-1970s – Vineyard
1990s – Bethel/IHOP
1990s – Rise of non-denominational churches
One VERY IMPORTANT observation I should have made (but didn't) is that while many Protestant churches are trying to get back to the "original" church (from the book of Acts), the Orthodox claim that they ARE the accurate representation of the early church. That's what Sia's message was basically all about in part 1 of this series. Now, we could debate our opinions about whether or not that's accurate, but it is an important point.
What are some down-sides to being a Protestant?
Lack of accountability
Disconnected from history
How can we overcome these weaknesses?
John 17:20–23 – Importance of unity among God's people
1 Cor. 12:12 – Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of each part of our spiritual family tree.
This week we're starting a new series on the history of the Christian church. To help us get started, we have a special guest teaching us today, Anastasia Young. She is going to help us understand the early foundation of Christianity.
Sia and her husband are members at St. John's Coptic Church. Copts are those Christians who come from Egypt and the church dates itself back to the apostle Mark.