Church History III: The Reformation

In this third installment of our Church History series, Dr. Robert Godfrey provides an historical and theological framework for understanding the Protestant Reformation, brings to life the stories of those who dedicated their lives to proclaiming the truth of God’s Word, and encourages Christians to assess the need for ongoing reformation in the church 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
    • Keep unlimited access to the course content with an active Ligonier Connect subscription
  • 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

We live in a world that has been profoundly shaped by events that occurred in the sixteenth century. In addition to landmark developments in economics, government, and culture, this crucial century witnessed a powerful renewal of biblical Christianity. Amid opposition and uncertainty, faithful Christian leaders expressed a passion for the gospel and a commitment to the authority of Scripture that have influenced generations of believers.

In this 12-lesson course, we’ll cover the historical context, theology, important figures, and implications of the Protestant Reformation. Students will watch video lectures, answer quiz questions, and discuss important issues with fellow classmates. Students may consider completing Church History I & II before registering, but this course also serves well as a stand-alone unit.

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

Course Path Overview

  • GETTING STARTED

    • Getting Started

      • read Welcome to Church History III
      • to-do Upload a Profile Picture
      • read How to get the most out of this course
      • to-do Download the Course Outline
      • to-do Help Forum
  • Introduction to the Reformation

    • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Reformation

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Introduction to the Reformation
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 1 Self-Assessment
  • Martin Luther’s Early Life

    • Lesson 2: Martin Luther’s Early Life

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Martin Luther - His Life
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 2 Self-Assessment
  • MARTIN LUTHER AND THE GERMAN REFORMATION

    • Lesson 3: Martin Luther and the German Reformation

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Martin Luther - Becoming a Public Figure
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 3 Self-Assessment
  • Martin Luther and the Growing Protestant Movement

    • Lesson 4: Martin Luther and the Growing Protestant Movement

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Martin Luther – His Theology
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 4 Self-Assessment
  • martin luther and the anabaptists

    • Lesson 5: Martin Luther and the Anabaptists

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Martin Luther & the Anabaptists
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 5 Self-Assessment
  • From the german reformation to geneva

    • Lesson 6: From the German Reformation to Geneva

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch From the German Reformation to Calvin
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 6 Self-Assessment
  • John Calvin and Geneva

    • Lesson 7: John Calvin and Geneva

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Calvin’s Ministry in Geneva
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 7 Self-Assessment
  • The Theology of John Calvin

    • Lesson 8: The Theology of John Calvin

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Calvin’s Theology
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 8 Self-Assessment
  • The Catholic Reformation

    • Lesson 9: The Catholic Reformation

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch The Catholic Reformation
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 9 Self-Assessment
  • The Scottish Reformation

    • Lesson 10: The Scottish Reformation

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch The Scottish Reformation
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 10 Self-Assessment
  • The Dutch Reformation

    • Lesson 11: The Dutch Reformation

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch The Dutch Reformation
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 11 Self-Assessment
  • The Synod of Dort

    • Lesson 12: The Synod of Dort

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch The Synod of Dort (or Dordt)
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 12 Self-Assessment
  • Conclusion

    • Conclusion

      • to-do Reflect
      • read Recommended for you