In my post “What’s Easter Got Do with It” I touched on the importance of learning church history. In the minds of many church history is a subject that’s tolerated whenever possible. The mentality behind this is that whatever was done in the past is of no importance to what is happening right now and does not impact our faith. Romans 15:4 says, “for everything was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
Church history is a discipline that studies the history of Christianity and how it became to be. We must learn about the events in antiquity if we are to stand boldly for Christ in the present. We enjoy new innovations and discoveries when it comes to technology therefore, we should have that same level of enjoyment if not more when it comes to learning about church history. God has revealed in His Word all that we need for life and to live as Kingdom Citizens and those teachings will never change, however, a study of church history will reveal that a lot of our practices and beliefs today are due to the watersheds of history and theology. A study of church history reveals that the first century Believers were willing to forsake all and lose their lives for Christ. The study of church history gives insight to the writings of the early church fathers as it relates to subjects such as the identity of Christ, sin, heaven & hell and many other teachings. Another reason it’s important to study church history is it helps to liberate us from issues that have shaped our understanding. There is an old saying, “if you don’t know your history, you’re doom to repeat it.” Hence, it is extremely important that we as Believers know our faith from a historic point of view. We can learn from church history and those who have fought battles and learned the lessons before us so we can carry out our Kingdom mandate more effectively.