Voices from church history: what did early Christians believe about Jesus

We’ve seen how it is a fact that many early historians referred to Jesus. So we know he lived in the first century.

However, that isn’t enough–what did they think of him? Critics of Christianity say that early on people thought of Jesus simply as a man. In fact Dan Brown goes so far as to say that the church did not decide that Jesus was divine until the Council of Nicea and many people mimic that opinion.

That opinion however, is totally, completely and absolutely wrong.

Not only did the followers of Christ from their earliest days state beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was God, but they based their lives on it and most of them died a martyr’s death to prove how totally they believed it.

This video shows you what actually happened at the Council of Nicea (they did not vote if Jesus was divine or not) and you’ll also read the words of the early church believers.

The PDF of the notes for the class are below the video.

Voices from church history

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Question: are there other sources besides Josephus that tell you about Jesus?

Josephus is one of the best-known of first century historians, but he was far from the only person who talked about Jesus in his writings.

What is really important to remember when you are talking to someone or even for yourself when you consider these various authors is that at this point you do not need to consider if Jesus is God or Savior. The important thing to know here is that Jesus was a historical person who lived when the Bible said he did and in the circumstances it describes.

Our faith is “historical and evidential” and this video (and please also look at the ones on “Voices from Church History”) will help you understand the historical part of it.

The Bible: how all of it tells us aout Jesus

The video this week is a bit longer, but it goes into detail showing how the entire Bible tells us all about Jesus. This is a very important lesson because sadly many folks today think the Bible is all about them, all about making them feel better. And though faith in Jesus can make us feel better (even when circumstances are challenging) that isn’t what the Bible is all about—it is about salvation in Jesus.

The PDF notes for the lesson are below the video.

It's all about Jesus picture

Jesus view of the Bible, part #2

We often read about the Pharisees and the Sadducees when we read the Bible, but the extent of our learning about them usually stops with noting that the Sadducess did not believe in the afterlife and the Pharisees did. But there is SO much more to their history and differences and when you learn about it, it will greatly deepen your understanding of the Scriptures.

In this lesson, in addition to learning that, you’ll learn about how Jesus interacted with them on questions about the authority of scripture, plus you’ll see how the Apostle Paul’s heritage as a Pharisee influenced his teaching for the rest of his life.

Explanatory note: before you either listen to the audio or view the PowerPoint, we wanted to you know that most of the lessons are not this long in the actual class. The recording was made after the class so I could put in additional information.

Here is a file of the audio, of the lesson, just click the arrow to listen:

Here is a file of the video of the PowerPoint of the class, along with the sound that goes with it.

This is a file of the handouts we gave out in class. Just click on the image to download the PDF:

Jesus view of the Bible, part #1

“It stands written.”

As this lesson will show you, this statement was a phrase Jesus used many times that showed his belief in the trust-worthiness of the Scriptures.

In addition, Jesus talked about events in the Scriptures, such as the story of Jonah and Noah’s ark that people doubt today and he talked about them not only as true history, but used them as a teaching tool for future events.

Take some time to listen to or watch the lesson and learn about how Jesus truly believed the Bible as inerrant, infallible and totally trustworthy for all of life. The audio and video files, plus the written notes follow:

This is an audio file of the class,just click on the arrow to listen:

This is a video of the PowerPoint of the class:

This is the handout given out in class, click on the image to download the PDF.

What did Jesus think about the Bible?

Most people from almost any religion have a favorable view of Jesus. If asked if Jesus would ever tell a lie, most would be shocked that the question was asked. Even if people do not believe in Jesus as personal Savior and Lord, he is considered one of the most holy and good people in all of history.

Was Jesus a wise man? Most people would again, agree that he was. Many people believe that his messages were some of the wisest, most compassionate and understanding words ever written. In his dealing with those who opposed him, not only was he wise, many would say, but a master debater and strategist with his words.

If all these opinions are true–if Jesus would never tell a lie and was a very wise man it might be interesting to see what he said about the Bible.

He wouldn’t lie about it and he was wise enough not to believe foolish stories–so what did he say?

Join us this Sunday as part of our discussion on “Inspiration, Inerrancey, & Infallibility” and we’ll look at Jesus comments. This is a great time to bring a friend who may not attend church regularly, but who has a respectful attitude towards Jesus.  Our class meets at 9 am for coffee and munchies and then teaching and discussion. We meet in room 207 at Coastline Bible Church, 426 Mills Rd., across from Pacific View Mall in Ventura, CA.

………………..chances are you might both be surprised by what Jesus really said.