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December 20, 2009 / Don Sanders

Why Study Church History? part 10

The study of church history continues the story of the book of Acts.

            The final words of Jesus to his disciples were “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  The rest of the Book of Acts is the story of the beginning of how the church fulfilled that commission.  The story doesn’t end with Paul in the prison in Rome, though.  It continues with the continued development and expansion of the church into the entire world.  From the evangelization of the barbaric tribes of Europe to  missionaries forging into the New World to William Carey going to India, the history of the church is the history of the spread of the gospel.  The disciples of Jesus didn’t disappear when Luke ended his story—they continued to faithfully obey the wishes of Jesus and bore witness to Him throughout the entire world.

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