Below are some free m4a audio downloads of different talks I have given. You can also download the notes and syllabuses for some of the talks as well. Please note: m4a files are designed for quicktime or iTunes, but later versions of Windows Media Players should also be able to play them. You may have to download the file or add it to iTunes or Windows Media before it will play on your device. Each session is about an hour long and the files are between 80 and 140 mb each so make sure you are on wifi.
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Overview of Church History Part 1: AD 30-1500
Session 1: Last Days, Tumultuous times. Persecution from the Jews. Persecution from Nero. Justin Martyr and the Apologists. What was early Christianity like? Why did the Gospel spread so rapidly? Ignatius, Polycarp, and Perpetua.
Session 2: Gnostism and Marcion. Montanists and Celsus. Creed, Canon, and Apostolic succession. Persecution of Diocletian. Impact Constantine had on official theology, great apostasy, monasticism, and worship in ways that are still felt today.
Session 3: Donatism. Great apostasy in N. Africa. Council of Nicea. Emperor succession after Constantine and pagan Julian. Cappodocian Fathers, Basil, Gregory, and Gregory and the Final Victory. Augustine, Donatists, and Pelagius. The fall of Rome the Arian Goths.
Session 4: Chalecedon in the East. Justinian I and Theodora I. East Vs West. The barbaric Nations. Leo and the Rise of the popes. Benedict and western Monastiscm. Gregory the Great . Conversion of the barabaric tribes. Columba and Scotland/Britain. Clovis and the Merovingian line. Muslim Expansion.
Session 5: Crusades and the Changing times. The Scolastic Universities. Anselm, Peter Abelard, and Thomas Aquinas. The high point of papal power, Innocent III. Excommunication and the interdict. The Mendicant Friars. Failures of the golden age. Heresies and the Inquisition. The Rise of Nationalism and wealth of the middle class.
Session 6: The High point and Boniface. The Collapse. Popes in Avignon. Black Plague and Flagellants. The Hundred years war. Joan of Arc, Thomas a Kempis, and Catherine of Sienna. The Papal Schism. John Wycliffe and John Huss
Download audio in m4a format: Here
Overview of Church History Part 2 (1500AD-1800AD)
At the end of the 15th century, the Church was in shambles, superstition and ignorance was rampant, the clergy were better known for their immorality than their knowledge of the Bible. Several attempts at reform had failed miserably. But just when things looked most bleak, lightning struck. In a few short decades, the landscape of Christianity changed forever. In this series, we will look at the Holy Spirit’s moving in the Church from 1500 AD to 1800 AD. This period is filled with men and women who make tremendous sacrifices to bring the light of God’s Word to a crumbling society and advance Christ’s Kingdom in earth-trembling ways. Their example inspires us to continue their mission to shine the glory of God into every corner of our lives.
Session 1:“The Life and Times of Martin Luther”
Session 2: “John Calvin and the Reformation in Europe”
Session 3: “The English Bible and the Reformation in England”
Session 4: “The Age of Exploration and Exploitation”
Session 5: “Puritans and the Kingdom of God on Earth”
Session 6: “Revivalists: Whitefield and the Wesleys”
Session 7: “Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening”
Download audio in m4a format: Here
“Church History Part 3: 1800 to the Present”
Session 1 “Freedom’s Turmoil” (p. 8) Historical background to 1800s: Decline of religion, common sense, French Revolution, the Great Awakenings, War of 1812, the birth of Canada, rise of nationalism and political freedom, technological revolutions, the train, the telegraph, industrialization, the telephone.
Session 2 “Imperialism and the explosion of missions.” (p. 10) Colonialism, William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Hudson Taylor.
Session 3 “Revival and Strife” (p. 16) Revival to revivalism, Charles Finney, abolitionism and the Civil War, communes, Millerites, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventism.
Session 4 “Holiness and Reform” (p.24) DL Moody, Billy Sunday. The Holiness movement and the birth of Penecostalism: Phoebe Palmer, Asuza, Darwinism, higher criticism, and the rise of fundamentalism ( J Gresham Machen, changing eschatologies).The dark side of industrialization and the Christian response: progressives, the social gospel, Tommy Douglas. Capitalism, Socialism, communism, prohibition
Session 5: “The World at War” (p.38) World War 1, the Great Depression, the rise of fascism and World War 2.
Session 6: “Social Upheaval and the Cold War” (p. 48) The demise of the family. The pill, the sexual revolution, global tensions. Social change, the influence of movies, radio, the car, and television. The baby boom, the counter-culture revolution, the civil rights movement, the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Session 7: “New Awakenings” (p. 53) The explosion of the church in Asia and Africa. The church in China. Persecution. The Evangelical Awakening. Truth and transformation. The power of the gospel to overcome the darkest times.
Download Audio in m4a format: Here
Download the Syllabus: Church History part 3 syllabus
Download the audio in mp3 format: 2015 camp talks
Download Teen Camp Notes (Note the order of these notes differs slightly from the order I gave them in 2015)
Session 1 “Does Truth Matter?”
Session 2: Does God exist? and Dealing with Doubt: God and the Problem of Evil
Session 3: Is the Bible God’s Word?: The Handbook of Proofs for Divine Inspiration
Session 4: Who is Jesus…God or Fraud?
Session 5: What Is the Gospel Message?
Session 6: Our Story: Love Comes Loudly
Session 7: Understand God’s Design for Lifelong Romance
Session 8: God’s R-O-M-A-N-C-E for singles
Session 9: How Shall We Escape if We Neglect So Great a Salvation?
These are the sessions I taught in 2010 at Ecola Bible School.
Download the audio of the sessions in m4a: Here
Download the Syllabus: Personal evangelism syllabus
Session 1: The Atonement Topics: Why did Jesus have to die? What did his death accomplish? How could God’s justice be satisfied by the worst crime in human history? Did Jesus save us from our sins, or the penalty of our sins, or both? Will cover different views on the atonement that have been held throughout church history.
Session 2 “What is the Gospel message?” Topics include: What must I do to be saved? Can you lose your Salvation? How can I know for sure I am going to heaven? What is required on our part? Illustrations that will communicate the gospel ideas in fresh ways.
Session 3 “What do they hear?” Topics: The importance of listening in evangelism. Overcoming the language barrier. How worldviews and past experiences affect how our message is perceived. Communication skills that are critical to evangelism.
Session 4 “Worldview Awareness” Topics: What is a worldview? Objective Truth vs. Subjective Truth. Worldview and Evangelism. False Worldviews. Strategies for discerning and exposing a false worldview.
Session 5 “The Ambassadors methods.” Topics: How questions can move people farther along than answers will. Questions that can turn conversations toward spiritual ideas. Conversation starters.
Session 6 “Dealing With Doubters and How to Prevent Backsliding” Topics: My personal journey with doubt and the truths that strengthened my faith.
Session 7 “Dealing with objections” Topics: Strategies for dealing with common objections. Concise apologetics arguments that work in real life conversations. Objections covered, “There is no God.” “How can there be a God when there is so much evil in the world?” “Jesus was just a myth.” “The Bible is a man-made book full of contradictions.” “God won’t send anyone to hell.” “The church is full of hypocrites.”
Session 8 “How to memorize Scripture” Topics: New techniques that are guaranteed to make scripture memory easier, and help with longer retention.
Session 9 “The Plight of the Lost.” Topics: Why evangelize? How does the Bible tell us to witness? The emptiness of those who are outside of Christ. How does God see the non-believer?