Nearly everyone knows the famous statement made by the English politicitian Edmund Burke (1729-1797):
Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.
When my husband and I began homeschooling, we chose a literature-rich history-laden curriculum because we strongly agree with Burke.
But what of Christian Church history? Is the history of our faith really important to study? And do our kids really need the structure of a Christian Church history timeline? Does it help to understand Church history in chronological order, and in relationship to history in general?
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Christian History is Important
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), a medical missionary to French Equitorial Africa in the early 1900s, said of history:
One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.
We don’t always know why the Lord allows events in history to occur, but the Bible is clear that He is the Lord of History. God is sovereign over all events, kings, and nations. Studying history, and Christian history in particular, is important for our kids.
Studying Christian history helps our children:
- Understand their family history–the history of the Church
- Grow in character as they learn of the way others followed Christ throughout history
- Grasp pernicious heresies that occur over and over throughout the timeline of history
- See the hand of God in the lives of individuals and in the Church
- Knit together secular and Christian history, because truly all history ‘rests on something spiritual’
- Our children will be inspired by those who loved Jesus and lived fully for Him
A Christian Church History Timeline for Kids
Studying the individual stories of Christian figures–missionaries, theologians, and even sports heroes–is a valuable way to add depth and weight to our children’s readings in literature, history, science, and music classes. It’s important, too, that we take a step back and help our kids really understand the overarching history timeline.
Finally, there is a resource (and it’s beautiful!) for kids that does this well.
I want to thank Christian Focus Publications for sending me two copies of God’s Timeline. This review is my own and is not sponsored.
A Christian Church history timeline helps our kids:
- Place important Church history events, people, and movements into the grand scheme of world history
- Understand how many important figures interacted and influenced each other
- See God’s protection of His bride, the Church
- Gain perspective on the ideas and movements that attempt to threaten the Church
- Recognize past errors the Church made so that they may be avoided going forward
God’s Timeline: The Big Book of Church History (Christian Focus Publications, 2018) is just the reference book you need for your elementary and middle school students. Part read-aloud and part visual reference, this book will be one worth keeping on your shelves for the grandkids.
It’s the perfect companion to God’s Timeline!
God’s Timeline is divided into five sections of Church history timeline:
- The Early Church
- The Medieval Church
- The Reforming Church
- The Missionary Church
- The Modern Church
Each section of Christian history has three to four double-paged spreads of a Christian Church history timeline for that period.
The Christian history articles cover topics including:
- Paul, the first missionary
- Heresy in the Early Church
- How the Bible came to be
- The Bishop of Rome and the Papacy
- The Early Middle Ages
- The High Middle Ages
- The Crusades
- The Late Middle Ages
- The Reforming Church
- Translating the Bible
- The Five Solas
- Protestant Denominations
- The Eastern Church
- And more…
More Great Christian History Resources
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherHistory Lives Box Set: Chronicles of the ChurchTrailblazer Evangelists & Pioneers Box Set 1 (Trail Blazers)Trailblazer Missionaries & Medics Box Set 2 (Trail Blazers)Trailblazer Preachers & Teachers Box Set 3 (Trail Blazers)Trailblazer Reformers & Activists Box Set 4 (Trail Blazers)Trailblazer Heroes & Heroines Box Set 5 (Trail Blazers)Trailblazer Arts & Science Box Set 6 (Trail Blazers)Little Lights Box Set 1Little Lights Box Set 2
In studying Christian history, I’ve found that the context of world events is incredibly important to consider. Nothing happens in a vaccuum, and we cannot fully understand the actions and reactions of the Christian Church without first understanding the times the Church has walked through.
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