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God's Story: A Student's Guide to Church History (Cosby)

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Brian Cosby makes the past come alive for students to explain Christian identity and to help readers avoid past mistakes. The history of the church reveals God's story for the world - despite the sin, corruption, and twisted events in the church's past, God has preserved this remnant, His people. Get a new understanding of His plan for the church and your life.


Table of Contents:

Introduction: Why Study Church History?

  1. The Church and its Old Testament Roots
  2. The New Testament Church and Apostolic Fathers
  3. Creeds, Councils, and Christ
  4. The Church in the Dark Ages
  5. Divide and Conquer
  6. The Road to the Reformation
  7. The Continental Reformation
  8. The English Reformation and the Puritans   
  9. Enlightenment and Awakening
  10. Abandoning the Bible
  11. Fundamentalism, Evangelism, and Global Christianity 



Brian H. Cosby is pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee and adjunct professor of church history at Metro Atlanta Seminary. He is the author of several books and regularly contributes to various journals and magazines.



"Fast-paced and focused on major leaders and movements, this book gives a helpful introduction to the history of the church in bite-size portions. Through the ages, God's Story reminds us that history is His story-the account of God's works among His people." - Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"I commend this book to you and pray high school and college students will pick it up in order to have an increasing passion to know and study the history of Christ's Church." - Dave Jenkins, Director Servants of Grace Ministries

"Don't be fooled by the small package: here is robust... history sure to offer wisdom to God's people and insight to the church's future leaders. Brian Cosby has done a favor for students everywhere, both young and old!" - Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

"Our history shapes who we are today. Brain Cosby has done you a huge favor. He's made reading church history easy and fun-and even devotional and worshipful. All you need to do is take up this book and read."  - Stephen J. Nichols, President, Reformation Bible College, CAO Ligonier Ministries, Sanford, Florida