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The study of CHURCH HISTORY shouldn’t be an academic exercise; rather, it should influence how welive as disciples today.As Catholic Christians we need to understand where we come from and where we are headed…what wehope to be. The Church is the vehicle established by Jesus Christ to help bring about His Kingdom.From a historical perspective, we realize that the Church isBased on the life and teachings of an historical person, Jesus of NazarethShaped by how Christians have lived out the Gospel message over the centuries in the worldThe story of the relationship of Jesus and the believers who have followed him over the centuriesFilled with God’s presence throughout historyThe period of the history of the early Church was from 6 BC, the year 70 AD, Why not start with the 6and year 1 AD? Because the birth of Christ is traced back to a 5-6 BC, as Dionysius the Small missed thecomputation of the birth of Jesus1.A.The Apostolic Age 26 -100 AD (74 YEARS)“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,to redeem them that were under the law,that we might receive the adoption of sons.”Gal 4,4–5The Apostolic Age or the first century forms the basis for all subsequent Christianity and the standard orcriterion by which it must be evaluated. The Scriptures and especially the New Testament reveal and teachby direct command and inspired Apostolic example the doctrine and practice of and for Biblical Christianity.This was the age of the earthly life of the Lord Jesus Christ and the inspired Apostles. It was an age ofcompletion and fulfillment, of revival and expansion.1.Messianic Era 26 - 30 ADChurch history properly begins with the ministry of John the Baptist and the earthly life and ministry ofthe Lord Jesus Christ. When the eternal Son of God became incarnate, the time had arrived in the eternalredemptive purpose of God to fulfill the Old Testament promises and establish the New Covenant or Gospeleconomy and church (Gal 4,4–5; Phil 2,5–11; Jn 1,1–14; Heb 8,1–13; Eph 2,11–3,12). To properlyunderstand this critical time, several considerations are in order. This age includes both the earthly life andministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and also the lives and ministries of the inspired Apostles.In the first century pagan authors speak very little of Christianity because it is still made up of a smallminority, and because the community had not yet reached its own identity within the Jewish community.Only Tacitus and Suetonius speak of Christians.Tacitus tells of the burning of Rome accused the Christians. Tacitus, however, does not know theideology of the Christians; he speaks in an approximate way.Suetonius, in his "Life of Claudius" is about the expulsion of the Jews from Rome, created because ofthe riots and did not participate in the activities organized by the Emperor. The Jews were drove out from1It is famous for having calculated the date of the birth ofJesus, placing it in the year753fromthefoundation of Rome

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