As I grow in the knowledge of the Truth, by the grace of God I must add, I continue to grow in my love for church history. So, on the third Monday of each month, we will be taking a journey together. A journey through church history. A journey that I believe is crucial for us as professing Christians to endeavor. But, why? Why is it crucial for us as professing Christians to study church history?
1) We must learn from past mistakes. The Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke, once stated, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” What a true statement that professing Christians must hear. Without a basic knowledge of church history, individuals and churches are prone to repeat the same doctrinal mistakes of the past. The truth is, studying church history preserves both orthodoxy (right doctrine) and orthopraxy (right practice). 2) We must learn how God has been faithful in the past. Just as God’s faithfulness can be seen throughout every page of the Holy Scriptures, God’s faithfulness can be seen throughout every page of church history. As we study God’s faithfulness, we will be reminded that our heavenly Father can and should be trusted no matter what our circumstances, which brings us to our next point. 3) When we learn how God has been faithful in the past, we are motivated to remain faithful in the present. Of course, Christ and His ordained means of Word and prayer are the essential means of motivation and perseverance. Nevertheless, we can find motivation in the study of church history, motivation to persevere in Christ through any circumstance.
In closing, Martyn Lloyd-Jones once stated that every “Christian should learn from history…it is his duty to do so.” He was right! As we start this journey together through church history, let us learn from our brother’s and sister’s former mistakes, learn more cases of God’s unbending faithfulness, and be motivated to be faithful in our God-given calling today. En Cristo Solo!