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God's Sovereign Hand: Studies in Church History

Course Type: Workbook and Online

Units: 4

Description: This course provides an overview of God's working in the church from the time of Christ to the present. It is unique in the IBE curriculum in that the lessons do not center on specific biblical texts. It is, however, a scripturally based study with multiple applications for the Christian life. In particular, the course seeks to deepen the believer's understanding of and faith in God's sovereignty.

Unit One: The Church in Ancient and Medieval Times

Standard CEU: 1.4

Part One: The Ancient Church (To A.D. 590)

  • Lesson 1: "The Fulness of Time"
  • Lesson 2: The Life and Work of Christ
  • Lesson 3: The New Testament Church
  • Lesson 4: The Church Fathers
  • Lesson 5: Heresy and Persecution in the Early Church
  • Lesson 6: Trinitarian and Christological Controversies
  • Lesson 7: Augustine to Gregory the Great

Part Two: The Medieval Church (590-1517)

  • Lesson 8: Development of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Lesson 9: Monks and Missionaries
  • Lesson 10: The Rise and Decline of Medieval Papacy
  • Lesson 11: Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Lesson 12: Scholasticism: The Height of Medieval Theology
  • Lesson 13: Islam and the Crusades
  • Lesson 14: Heresy and Schism in the Middle Ages

Unit Two: The Church in the Reformation

Standard CEU: 1.0

  • Lesson 1: Overview of the Reformation
  • Lesson 2: Luther and the German Reformation
  • Lesson 3: The Swiss Reformation
  • Lesson 4: The Anabaptists and the Reformation
  • Lesson 5: The British Reformation
  • Lesson 6: The French Reformation
  • Lesson 7: The Dutch Reformation
  • Lesson 8: The Counter-Reformation
  • Lesson 9: Puritanism: Climax of the Reformation

Unit Three: The Church in Modern Times

Standard CEU: 1.5

Part One: Rationalism and Revival

  • Lesson 1: The Enlightenment
  • Lesson 2: Catholic Dissent Since the Reformation
  • Lesson 3: Pietism
  • Lesson 4: The Evangelical Awakenin
  • Lesson 5: History of English Hymnody

Part Two: The Revolutionary Age and the Great Century

  • Lesson 6: The Rise of Liberal Theology
  • Lesson 7: Conservative Theology in the 19th Century
  • Lesson 8: History of Protestant Missions
  • Lesson 9: British Christianity in the 19th Century
  • Lesson 10: Roman Catholicism in the 19th Century

Part Three: The Church in the Twentieth Century

  • Lesson 11: The Ecumenical Movement
  • Lesson 12: Contemporary Theology
  • Lesson 13: The Church and the Dictators
  • Lesson 14: Militant Orthodoxy in Great Britain
  • Lesson 15: A Survey of Non-Western Christianity

Unit Four: The Church in America

Standard CEU: 1.1

  • Lesson 1: Puritanism in America
  • Lesson 2: Denominational Beginnings in America
  • Lesson 3: The Great Awakening
  • Lesson 4: The Second Great Awakening
  • Lesson 5: Slavery, the Civil War, and the Churches
  • Lesson 6: The Protestant Hegemony
  • Lesson 7: Heterodoxy in America
  • Lesson 8: The Black Church in America
  • Lesson 9: Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement
  • Lesson 10: History of Fundamentalism in America
  • Lesson 11: A "Post-Christian" America?

Optional Textbooks

All 3 of these books are collections of articles, mostly biographical in nature, dealing more fully with certain subjects in church history. These books provide additional devotional and inspirational emphasis.