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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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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The Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

The Second Epistle of Clement, or 2 Clement, was traditionally believed to have been epistle to the Christian Church in Corinth written by Clement of Rome sometime in the late 1st century.  However, 4th-century bishop Eusebius, in his historical work, says that there is one "extant an epistle of this…
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Ancient Texts

The Epistle of Mathetes (meaning "disciple") to Diognetus

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus is an early writing defending Christianity from its accusers.  The writer is unknown but is believed to have been written between 130 and 250 AD.  The Epistle survived only in one manuscript which was destroyed by fire in 1870.  Fortunately, it had already been…
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Ancient Texts

Papias of Hierapolis – from the Exposition of the Sayings of the Lord

Papias was an Apostolic Father and Bishop of Hierapolis (Pamukkale, Turkey).  He wrote the Exposition of the Sayings of the Lord in five books.  Most of the work is lost apart from the following exerpts of Irenaeus of Lyons who penned them around 180 AD. Note: As with any apocryphal…
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