A Survey Through Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

A Survey Through Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

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Many Christians know little about the history of the church. As a result, they're missing a testament to God's steadfastness over the centuries. In this monumental study series, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey sheds crucial light on church history, demonstrating God's promise to build and preserve His church so that "the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). Across seventy-three messages, learn why having a working knowledge of church history remains relevant for our personal lives today, and for the church as a whole.

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A Survey Through Church History - W. Robert Godfrey
  • Continuing the Reformation - P4:E1 - A Survey of Church History

    Episode 1

    The Reformation was a turning point in the history of the church. And in its aftermath, Protestants wanted to continue along the trajectory set by the Reformers. They sought to further develop a theology which was reformed according to Scripture, and to continue to purify, discipline, and grow th...

  • Scholastic Theology - P4:E2 - A Survey of Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

    Episode 2

    One might think of scholastic theology as dry, nitpicky, and irrelevant, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many scholastic theologians were learned, lively, and deeply concerned not just about orthodoxy, but also piety. Although their writings are often challenging, Christians today ca...

  • Puritan Piety - P4:E3 - A Survey of Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

    Episode 3

    Inward apathy toward the Lord masked by outward obedience is a real and constant threat in any church. Keenly aware of this danger, the Puritans zealously proclaimed the importance of heart-felt affection for the Lord. They sought to nourish genuine faith and piety especially through passionate p...

  • Puritan Politics - P4:E4 - A Survey of Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

    Episode 4

    During the mid-seventeenth century, England was embroiled in a civil war between the king’s forces and those of parliament. The aftermath of this conflict saw political change and much theological reflection. It was during this time period that the Westminster Assembly met to reform doctrine, chu...

  • Puritan Worship and Eschatology - P4:E5 - A Survey of Church History

    Episode 5

    Many Reformed churches today trace their roots back to the Puritans, and have even adopted as their standards the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. However, there are two areas where most of those churches differ from their Puritan predecessors: worship and eschatology. In this lecture, Dr. ...

  • Puritan Views of Assurance and Conversion - P4:E6 - A Survey of Church History

    Episode 6

    Assurance of one’s salvation is an important part of Protestant faith, and one of the many marks that sharply distinguishes it from Roman Catholicism. In the seventeenth century, however, many within Puritan circles struggled with this issue. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey will explain this struggl...

  • The Puritans in New England - P4:E7 - A Survey of Church History

    Episode 7

    When the Puritans came to the New World, they had no intention of establishing a new religion. What they did want to do, however, was bring their old world religious ideal into reality. Despite the inherent difficulties in their new environment, the Puritans found some measure of early success. B...

  • The Enlightenment - P4:E8 - A Survey of Church History

    Episode 8

    The Enlightenment had a profound effect on Western thought. During this period, some sought to reconcile the Christian faith with modern thought, while others tried to cut themselves completely from their Christian moorings. But even those who set out to uproot the Christian influence upon societ...

  • Wesley and Whitefield - P4:E9 - A Survey of Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

    Episode 9

    The religious climate in England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was cold and dry. Onto this barren landscape came George Whitefield and John Wesley, whose powerful preaching and novel methods played an important role in kindling hearts and stirring religious affection. In ...

  • The Great Awakening - P4:E10 - A Survey of Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

    Episode 10

    The Great Awakening was a time of great religious interest that began in New England and spread throughout the American colonies. It was spearheaded by the great preacher George Whitefield, and aided by America’s most prominent pastor and theologian, Jonathan Edwards. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey...

  • Jonathan Edwards - P4:E11 - A Survey of Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

    Episode 11

    Jonathan Edwards has been called by some the most brilliant American who ever lived. He played an integral part in the Great Awakening, and his towering intellect was matched only by his religious devotion. In this lecture, join Dr. Godfrey as he explains the life and impact of one of the most in...

  • Political Revolutions - P4:E12 - A Survey of Church History - W. Robert Godfrey

    Episode 12

    Coming at the close of the eighteenth century, the American and French Revolutions had an enormous impact on subsequent history. While both movements were revolutionary in nature, you will see how different their aim and character were. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey will highlight some of the key ...