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Forerunners of the Faith: 13 Lessons to Understand and Appreciate the Basics of Church History

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Enter God’s Story of Faithfulness to His People


The Christian faith extends beyond our personal experiences, our individual churches, and far beyond our present age. This, for the Christian, is great news. When we become acquainted with the legacy of our Christian heritage, we connect our stories to those of the faithful believers who have come before us.

This connection is precisely what Nathan Busenitz, Dean of Faculty and professor of church history at The Master's Seminary, seeks to provide. Based on the bestselling Fundamentals of the Faith, Forerunners of the Faith outlines the biblical orthodoxy that characterizes the true church. Busenitz then succinctly identifies thirteen key lessons that capture the trials and triumphs of the historical Church, providing insights for how the ancient Christians responded to the problems of their day to become the pillars of faith we now consider them to be. Learn how your faith stands on the shoulders of giants like Athanasius, Augustine, and Wycliffe. As more than a didactic resource, Forerunners of the Faith serves as spiritual encouragement as we remember the legacy of God’s faithfulness to his people.

Using this teaching guide, become empowered and equipped to lead your group through Forerunners of the Faith. Find answers to every lesson and insightful teaching notes.

From the Back Cover

Forerunners of the Faith lifts the eyes of its readers beyond the events and figures of the past. It places the focus on the Lord Jesus—on His work, His Word, and the worship He deserves.”
-John MacArthur

Since 2009, Fundamentals of the Faith grounded thousands in the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Forerunners of the Faith is a new course from of Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary that will deepen your studies by introducing you to how God has moved sovereignly through church history.

This rich and easy-to-follow curriculum traces the trials and triumphs of the historical church and provides insights into how God used ordinary men to uphold the integrity of His Word and witness to the world.

These 13 lessons examine significant events of church history and how faithful servants became the pillars of faith we recognize them to be today:

  •  The Biblical Framework
  • From Pentecost to Patmos
  • The Disciples of the Apostles
  • Contending for the Faith
  • Defending the Deity of Christ
  • Grace and Truth
  • Controversies and Councils
  • Schisms, Scholars, and Soldiers
  • Forerunners to the Reformation
  • After Darkness, Light
  • From Reformation to Revival
  • The Gospel Goes Forth
  • The Battle for the Bible 

More than a didactic resource, Forerunners of the Faith offers spiritual encouragement and reminders of God’s consistent faithfulness to his people. Bolster and enrich your faith by encountering the legacy of faithful believers on whose shoulders we stand.

“A compelling and Christ-exalting journey awaits you on the pages that follow.”
-John MacArthur

Product Details

  • Title : Forerunners of the Faith: 13 Lessons to Understand and Appreciate the Basics of Church History
  • Authors:
    • Busenitz, Nathan
    • MacArthur, John F.
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • ISBN: 9780802499325

NATHAN BUSENITZ, (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D., The Master's Seminary) is the Dean of Faculty and Assistant Professor of Theology at The Master's Seminary. He holds a doctorate in church history, with a specific focus on patristic theology. He has served as a full-time member of the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church, director of the Shepherd's Fellowship, managing editor of Pulpit magazine, and as the personal assistant to John MacArthur.

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