Why Church History Matters: New YouTube Series!
Check out our new YouTube series by Pastor David called "Our Legacy: Church History and Why it Matters". For the next several weeks, we will be uploading 7 unique teaching times, each about 10-15 minutes long on the history of the church and why we should care. Check back often!
Do you ever wonder what Jesus would say about the Church today? How do you thinkJesus feels about the 21st century Church? How do you think Jesus has felt about the church for the last 2000 years? Ephesians 5:25-29 says:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church.
Based on not just this passage but throughout the New Testament, we see that Jesus loves His Church. Not only this but Jesus is actively working to perfect the Body of Christ to a point of complete holiness and blamelessness. Have you ever asked yourself what Jesus' love for the Church actually looks like? What does Jesus sanctifying and cleansing the Church to a point of blamelessness look like? That is why we have Church History!
What is Church History?
For a little less than 2,000 years the Church has been telling the story of Jesus' love and perfecting work. In that time the Church has always been what the Bible describes as the “Body of Christ”, meaning that apart from the Bible itself the Church gives the world the clearest picture of Jesus. In light of the last 2,000 years, the world has a lot of material to work with to see Jesus. We call that material “Church History.”
Why Study Church History?
There are thousands of good reasons to study Church History but I want to share the number one reason in my mind. By studying the Body of Christ, I believe we can come to greater understanding of Jesus and what He is doing. How, you may ask? Let me give you one eye opening example that changed my entire perspective on the Church.
Let’s assume Ephesians 5 is correct and Jesus is actually sanctifying the Church. That means that the Church today should be a better reflection of Jesus than it was in the first century. Did you know that there are thousands of different Christian denominations today? How could something that has splintered into factions as much as Christianity has, be better now than when it first began as one united group? This is where it is important to remember that the entire Body of Christ is encompassed by the entire Church. My take is that no single local church or even denomination by itself fully encompasses the Body of Christ but through thousands of denominations across the globe in 238 different countries and significantly more cultures, we now see the fullest expression of Jesus that the world has ever seen since the first incarnation! This is why we link arms with fellow Christians no matter where they are and regardless of whether or not we agree on every aspect of Christianity.
We are bound together by Jesus!
Pastor David Brown