Christ's Church Through the Ages Volume 1: The Ancient Church - COMING SOON
Reformed Free Publishing Association
"It is my firm belief that the students in our schools ought to learn church history, and that the subject ought to have high priority for all those who love Christ’s church. If we are to live responsibly as God’s children in the world, we ought to be acquainted with the history of those who have gone before us from the world to their eternal rest. So this book is prepared for use as a textbook and for the general edification and strengthening of God’s people everywhere. I have tried to make it as interesting as possible, for the history of the church is like a travelogue filled with adventure that describes the journey of the church through time until the Lord returns." ~ Prof Herman Hanko, Christ's Church Through the Ages Volume 1: The Ancient Church (AD 30-590), page xxi.
For many, the term “ancient” implies drudgery and irrelevance for many. However, the outset of this book will dispel any such notions. The ancient age brims with interest, instruction, and encouragement for today’s readers. This was an age of miracle-working apostles, fearless martyrs, and stalwart church fathers; an age that preserved the scriptures, prescribed the creeds, and produced timeless Christian classics; an age when the church was buffeted by fierce waves of persecution and assailed by heresies of every sort. Through this volume and the ones that follow, the Lord Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of the church, sovereignly shepherded his beloved church by his word and Spirit.
In this first volume of Christ and His Church through the Ages, author and historian Herman Hanko tells the fascinating story of the ancient church during the first six centuries of the New Testament dispensation. He relates how Christ faithfully guided the church from the ministry of the apostles through the fall of the Roman Empire. Highlights of this history include the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the spread of the gospel to the Gentiles, the persecution of the church under Roman emperors, the deliberations of the ecumenical councils, and the battle for the truth of sovereign grace.
Through this and future volumes, students of church history and interested readers alike will surely grow in their love and appreciation for the saga of Christ’s church.
Herman Hanko served as professor of church history at the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches from 1965 until his retirement in 2001. He is the author of several books, including Portraits of Faithful Saints, Contending for the Faith, and For Thy Truth’s Sake: A Doctrinal History of the Protestant Reformed Churches.
Dan Van Uffelen is a church history teacher at Covenant Christian High School in Walker, Michigan. He has taught church history for almost two decades.
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