Early in the life of Grace Fellowship Church I realized that a number of my sheep had very little sense of where we fit in the long line of God's chosen people. Names like Whitefield, Huss, Constantine and Fanny Crosby were lost to them - they had no reference point. And there might have been a tendency to think of ourselves as novel, when in fact we were just doing what saints through the ages had been doing - seeking to live for Jesus to the glory of God.
So, I had this idea. What if you could pack the entire history of the church, from the cross through to the present, into one day of teaching. Historical theology force-feeding! Of course, you would not get all the details or all the names, but such a fly-by technique would help to put the whole progress, the "big picture" if you like, into perspective.
Now, an idea like this is great if you happen to be friends with one of the world's leading church historians. [insert smile!]
So, I approached Dr. Michael Haykin and asked if he would be up to the challenge. I envisioned the day as, "Haykin's History of the Whole Church!" He didn't care for the title! So, we changed it to, "No Other Foundation: The History of the Church in Four Parts."
We crammed well over 100 folks into our gym and for one Saturday climbed aboard a luxury airliner with Dr. Haykin at the helm, guiding us over 2004 years of Christ's work in preparing His bride. It was glorious!
These lectures have been off line for a little while as we have been changing things around at our church home page, but they are on-line again as of last night. You can download them here.
No Other Foundation (1): History of Christianity, 100 - 500AD
No Other Foundation (2): History of Christianity, 500 - 1500AD
No Other Foundation (3): History of Christianity, 1500 - 1700AD
No Other Foundation (4): History of Christianity, 1700 - Present
Each file is also accompanied with a pdf of lecture notes that you can print off and follow along - a great tool to use in a Bible study or Sunday School class.
This is vintage Michael - enjoy!