· Why should we study church history?
· Does studying history affect the interpretation of the Bible? If yes, how?
PART I: THE EARLY CHURCH
Why did the Jews want someone to lead them against the ruling
· What is the right response if the government suppresses your religion?
· Which one of the following is more important, and why? [a] find out the values in the world which is against the Bible and avoid conforming to the world, or [b] find out the values in the world which agree to the Bible and use the information to spread the gospel.
After Acts 11, the focus switches to Gentiles and missions. What
happened to the original church in
· Should a present-day Jewish Christian follow the Jewish tradition like keeping the Sabbath? Why?
· In what way was the gospel spread in the 1st-c?
· Should Christians who are not full-time pastors go to missions? Why?
· In the first two centuries, when newly formed churches taught people about the gospel, where did their authority come from, that is, how did the people know the teaching in the church was correct? What about the churches today?
· Why did the Roman government persecute Christians?
· Should Christians rebel or join a revolution if the ruler is a tyrant?
· How should Christian respond when persecutions come from other groups/religions? What about persecution from the government?
· Are there different forms of persecution in today’s society?
· Against whom do we defend our faith?
· What are their reasons when non-believers attack Christianity?
· How far should we isolate ourselves from the “pagan culture”?
· What were the main teachings of Gnosticism?
· When someone spread their “gospel” to us, how do we know if it is true/legitimate or not?
· What does “Catholic” mean?
· Which beliefs of these Church Fathers are not Biblical? How did this happen to mature Christians like these?
· Will these non-biblical beliefs reduce the credibility of their theological arguments?
· Why did God allow 3 centuries of Roman persecutions?
· How were the lapsed Christians dealt with? Are these treatments proper? Should the treatment be similar for today? Why and why not?
· Which practices in early church are still found in the church today?
· Which practices in early church were different from the practice of today? Are these differences important? Should we follow the ancient ways?
How do we see God’s providence at work in the victory of