ACTS

THE REMNANT ON MISSION

THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH

Christ died, resurrected, and ascended. Spirit descends at Pentecost, first Christian martyred (Stephen)

This pivotal moment in history marked the birth of the Church, as Jesus' followers received the Holy Spirit and began proclaiming the Good News to the world. Despite facing persecution and even death, the early Christians spread the message of salvation and transformed the world.

33 AD

Council at Jerusalem

The Council at Jerusalem was a crucial meeting that established important principles and clarified central doctrines for the early Church, including the fact that Gentiles could be saved without being circumcised. This decision opened the door for the Gospel to be preached to people of all nations

50 AD

Both Paul and Peter martyred

Paul and Peter were two of the most prominent leaders of the early Church, and their martyrdoms were a testament to their unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.

60s AD

Last book of Bible (Revelation) written

The book of Revelation was written by the apostle John while he was in exile on the island of Patmos, marking the closing of God’s self revelation through inspired writing of Scripture. This book is a prophetic and apocalyptic work that presents a powerful message of hope and encouragement for Christians in every age, reminding us of God's ultimate victory over evil and His promise to make all things new.

90s AD

The Edict of Milan

The Edict of Milan was a landmark moment in Church history, as it granted religious toleration to Christians throughout the Roman Empire. This paved the way for the eventual establishment of Christianity as the dominant religion in Europe.

313

First Council of Nicea

The First Council of Nicea was a major milestone in the development of Christian theology, as it established the doctrine of the Trinity and affirmed the deity of Christ. This council also helped to unify the Church and establish a framework for future councils.

325

First Council of Constantinople

The First Council of Constantinople reaffirmed the decisions of the Council of Nicea and further clarified the doctrine of the Trinity. This council also established the authority of the Bishop of Constantinople, which helped to shape the structure of the Church.

381

Council of Ephesus

The Council of Ephesus was another crucial moment in Church history, as it affirmed the doctrine of the incarnation and helped to establish the orthodox understanding of Christ as both fully human and fully divine.

431

Council of Chalcedon

The Council of Chalcedon affirmed the decisions of the Council of Ephesus and clarified the doctrine of the hypostatic union: the theological concept that Jesus Christ is one person with two distinct natures - fully divine and fully human.

451

East/West Schism

A tragic moment in Church history, the East/West Schism, also commonly referred to as the Great Schism, resulted in the division of Christianity into the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. This schism – or ‘split’ – was the result of theological, political, and cultural differences that had been brewing for centuries between the two branches of the Church, and had lasting impacts on both the Church and European history

1054

Gutenberg produces the first printed bible

Gutenberg's invention of the printing press revolutionized the way that information was disseminated, and the first printed Bible made it possible for more people to have access to the Scriptures. This helped promote biblical literacy and also served as fuel for the forthcoming Reformation.

1456

16th Century Reformation (Luther publishes 95 Theses)

The Reformation began in 1517 when Martin Luther, a German monk and theologian, published his 95 Theses, which criticized the sale of indulgences by the Catholic Church. This sparked a widespread debate and led to the formation of Protestantism. The Reformation has deeply shaped modern Christianity and ultimately led to new ideas about individual freedom, democracy, and human rights.

1517

The First Great Awakening

The First Great Awakening was a religious revival that swept across the American colonies in the 18th century, led by influential figures such as George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley. It was characterized by passionate preaching, emotional conversions, and a renewed emphasis on personal piety and faith. The Great Awakening played a significant role forming American evangelicalism and helped foster a sense of unity and shared identity among the colonies.

18TH CENTURY

The Second Great Awakening

The Second Great Awakening was another religious revival that occurred in the United States in the early 19th century. This movement was marked by the rise of new religious denominations such as the Mormons, Adventists, and Disciples of Christ. The Second Great Awakening emphasized personal conversion, social reform, and evangelism, and it largely impacted American society, fueling various reform movements such as temperance, abolition, and women's rights.

EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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