Church History I: The Ancient Church

Dr. Robert Godfrey examines major events, ideas, and people from the first five hundred years of church history, and explains their significance for the people of God today.

  • Worldwide Class

    Take this course with Ligonier Connect students from around the world. In the Worldwide Class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the course at your own pace
    • Discuss questions and share notes with your classmates
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  • Create your own group class

    Take this course with your own private group of friends, family, or church members. With a group class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the class together on a schedule or allow members to work at their own pace
    • Invite anyone to join your class (requires a Ligonier Connect subscription)
    • Moderate discussion questions and leave feedback for each member of your class
    • Monitor each member's progress at a glance

About this course

The church possesses a rich history and has inherited doctrine throughout the ages that has allowed it to understand Scripture better and to worship the Lord in greater knowledge and veracity. This course will examine the first 500 years of the church in order to illuminate the impact of the early church so that the church today might know itself and its God better.

This course has been approved by the Association of Christian Schools International for one Continuing Education Unit.

Course path preview

  • Getting Started

    • Welcome to Church History I: The Ancient Church

      • read Hello and Welcome
  • Lessons

    • Lesson 1: Introduction

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Introduction
      • Take Lesson 1 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 2: The Expansion of the Church

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch The Expansion of the Church
      • Take Lesson 2 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 3: Defending the Faith

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Defending the Faith
      • Take Lesson 3 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 4: Pioneering Theologian: Origen

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Pioneering Theologian: Origen
      • Take Lesson 4 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 5: Developing Theology

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Developing Theology
      • Take Lesson 5 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 6: The Bishop

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch The Bishop
      • Take Lesson 6 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 7: Constantine & the Church

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Constantine & the Church
      • Take Lesson 7 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 8: Jesus as God

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Jesus as God
      • Take Lesson 8 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 9: Jesus as Man

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Jesus as Man
      • Take Lesson 9 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 10: The East & the West

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch The East & the West
      • Take Lesson 10 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 11: Augustine

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Augustine
      • Take Lesson 11 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
    • Lesson 12: Worship & Sacraments

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Worship & Sacraments
      • Take Lesson 12 Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discuss
  • Conclusion

    • Conclusion

      • to-do Recommended for you
      • to-do Reflect

About the teacher

W. Robert Godfrey

Dr. W. Robert Godfrey is president and professor of church history at Westminster Seminary California. He also sits on the board of directors of Ligonier Ministries, serves as a teaching fellow for Ligonier, and is a visiting professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies.

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