Ancient Texts

Tertullian – On the Resurrection of the Flesh

Tertullian, full name Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, was an early Christian writer from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa.  He is the first known writer to use the term "trinity".  His conversion to Christianity is believed to have taken place around 197 AD. Note: As with any apocryphal writing,…
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Historical Sermons

The Meaning of Christmas – Robert G. Lee (historic sermon 1886-1978)

“The dayspring from on high hath visited us.”  --Luke 1:78 The birth of a little Child the Christian world at this season celebrates. Christmas Day is a holy and happy day when we commemorate the coming of God’s Son into the world—the incarnation of God by way of the virgin…
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Ancient Texts

Tertullian – The Prescription against Heretics

Tertullian, full name Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, was an early Christian writer from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa.  He is the first known writer to use the term "trinity".  His conversion to Christianity is believed to have taken place around 197 AD. Note: As with any apocryphal writing,…
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Ancient Texts

Epistle of the Church at Smyrna concerning the Martyrdom of the Holy Polycarp

The Epistle of the Church at Smyrna goes by several names including The Martyrdom of Polycarp and The Letter of the Smyrneans.  John, the last of the Twelve Apostles, ordained Polycarp bishop of Smyrna.  Shortly after Polycarp was martyred for his beliefs at the age of 86-years-old, this "Christian Martyrology"…
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The seventy disciples or seventy-two disciples according to Hippolytus

The seventy disciples or seventy-two disciples were mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. According to Luke, Jesus appointed them and sent them out in pairs on a specific mission which is detailed in the text.  Luke says: "And after these things, the Lord did appoint also other seventy, and sent…
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Historical Sermons

The Breadth, Length, Depth, and Height of God’s Love – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (historic sermon 1898-1981)

“May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”  --Ephesians 3:18-19 We now come to the actual petition which was…
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Ancient Texts

The Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus King of Edessa

Abgar V the Black (aka Abgarus of Edessa) is reported to be one of the first Christian kings in history, having been converted to the faith by Thaddeus of Edessa, one of the Seventy-two Disciples.  The church historian Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea records that the Edessan archives contained a copy…
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