So you want to know your Church History?

  • 5 August 2013

So you want to know your Church History? Below are links to 10 good reasons to study Church History, followed by some resources that have proved helpful.


1. It will cure our ignorance of the past.
2. It will curb the arrogance of our present.
3. It will conserve the faith for the future.
4. It will connect us to a rich legacy.
5. It will counter the claims of critics. 6. It will capture the interest of outsiders.
7. It will complete a balanced faith.
8. It will cultivate Christian growth.
9. It will clarify our interpretation of Scripture.
10. It will correct our doctrinal and practical errors.

All of Church History in 4 hours! House have developed an app for Apple or Android devices, covering 2000 years of church history in 4 hours. The 4 sessions include, the early church, medieval church, reformation church and modern church.

For those that can't get the app, you can also download or listen here.

And if 2000 years condensed into 4 hours still isn't enough, here is the 45 minute version!!


Each year, at a conference for pastors, John Piper delivers a biographical address of an inspiring figure from church history. These are very edifying, giving a brief overview of their lives and then focusing on what we can learn from them. Click on the links below to download the audio/video.

Athanasius (296-373)
St. Augustine (354-430)
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
William Tyndale (1494–1536)
John Calvin (1509-1564)
George Herbert (1593-1633)
John Owen (1616-1683)
John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
George Whitefield (1714-1770)
David Brainerd (1718-1747)
John Newton (1725-1807)
William Cowper (1731-1800)
Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)
William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
Charles Simeon (1759-1836)
Adoniram Judson (1788-1850)
George Mueller (1805-1898)
JC Ryle (1816-1900)
Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843)
John G. Paton (1824-1907)
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892}
J Gresham Machen (1881-1937)
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

Some of these messages have also been collected into an ongoing series published by Crossway, entitled The Swans Are Not Silent. You can find these in Christian bookshops or on Amazon, or downoad the PDF free using the links below.

The Legacy of Sovereign Joy - God's Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin
The Hidden Smile of God - The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd
The Roots of Endurance - Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce
Contending For Our All - Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen
Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ - The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton

You can also download the following free eBooks.

Adoniram Judson - How Few There Are Who Die So Hard!
Alive to Wonder - Celebrating the Influence of C. S. Lewis
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce
Andrew Fuller - I Will Go Down If You Will Hold the Rope!
David Brainerd - May I Never Loiter On My Heavenly Journey!
A God-Entranced Vision of All Things - The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards
John Calvin and His Passion for the Majesty of God
John G. Paton - You Will Be Eaten By Cannibals!
Martin Luther - Lessons from His Life and Labor

The following talks are from Michael Haykin who is a professor and a historian. These provide more historical context.

Roman Empire and Irenaeus of Lyons
Tertullian and Constantine
Athanasius and Basil
Leo and Patrick
Life of Tyndale
Cost of Living Dangerously, Tyndale and the Bible
Tyndale and the Gift of Your Bible
Life of Luther
Life of Calvin
Lady Jane Grey Life of John Newton
John Newton, Life and Hymns
John Newton, Amazing Grace
William Wilberforce
Life of William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce, Truly Religious Man
William Cowper
Salina Hastings, Lady Huntington
Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley’s Hymnody Charles Wesley, Life and Hymns
Charles and Sarah Wesley, Godly Marriage
Jonathan Edwards
Lessons from the Family Life of Jonathan Edwards
George Whitefield
Andrew Fuller
Life of Samuel Pearce
William Carey
Andrew Bonar