There is a saying found in the Walt Disney movie entitled “Mulan” that says this: “A single grain of rice can tip the scale.” In other words, one person can make the difference. As we take a look at the history of the church, it doesn’t take long to see that from the very beginning of institutionalized religion, we have missed the point. The church has and continues to bring discouragement instead of encouragement, despair instead of hope and death instead of life. The truth that Jesus died to give us has become lost amidst the traditions of men. However, God still loves people and he desires for the church to move out of darkness and into truth.
As you study this course, you will begin to see that because of the churches refusal to walk in love towards people and because of it’s stubbornness in becoming relevant to the times, the church has been at best ineffective.
The value of studying Church History lies in this: As we see where the Church has failed, we can choose to operate in a new way. By being aware of the mistakes of the past we can walk away from the mistakes of the past. As you learn where this organization called “church” has come from, as you reflect on the damage that has been done in the name of Christianity, remember, God loves people and he wants to see this change. If the church would get a hold of truth and learn to walk in love, we could become an effective organism that would change the world. However, even if the mass of men continue to hold to their traditions rather than the person of Jesus, YOU, like that single grain of rice, can make the difference!
Impact International School of Ministry is committed to equipping a new breed of leaders. We are not interested in the mere sharing of information. We want to empower you to live in the Grace of God. May your journey be pleasant and rewarding. When you finish this course, you will want to look at other courses that will help you fulfill your call!
Required Reading: Church History in Plain Language
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