What is the history of Christianity?
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The history of Christianity begins with the beginning of the church and stretches into the modern day.
Christianity’s history goes back a long time. The church began 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection (AD 30). The Holy Spirit descended on the church, which is known as the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). Most of the people who believed in Jesus at this time were converts from Judaism. This is why many of the people saw that Christianity was a Jewish “sect.” However, Christianity was teaching something radically different than Judaism.
The growth of the early church helped spread the good news of Jesus across the world. After Paul’s conversion to Christianity, he took the gospel across the Greco-Roman world, including Rome itself! This took place over the course of many of Paul’s missionary trips. During the year AD 312, Roman Emperor Constantine declared Christianity to be the religion of the Roman Empire.
The Reformation was a key part in the history of Christianity because of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Zwingli. This took place in the 1500s. The main message of the Reformation was turning away from the Catholic Church and emphasizing the importance that salvation is only through believing in Jesus. The years from 1790 to 1900 were the missionary years. This brings us up to the present day as everything from 1900 to now is the modern church.
"Here is what I tell you. You are Peter. On this rock I will build my church. The gates of hell will not be strong enough to destroy it" (Matthew 16:18).
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. And you will even tell other people about me from one end of the earth to the other" (Acts 1:8).
"When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers gathered in one place. Suddenly a sound came from heaven. It was like a strong wind blowing. It filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like fire in the shape of tongues. The flames separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak in languages they had not known before. The Spirit gave them the ability to do this" (Acts 2:1-4).