In the Year of Our Lord
Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History
by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Pub Date 12 Sep 2018
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The story of the church is important for Christians to know, for it contains rich and uplifting stories of God’s dealings with His people. Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson takes the reader on a tour of the Christian history, featuring stories and songs to give believers a sense of their place in God’s kingdom and to encourage them in their walk.
“Whether you are being introduced to a new restaurant or returning to your favorite cuisine, few things are as delightful as a sampler plate prepared by a master chef to give a taste of various delicacies. Such is this book. Sinclair Ferguson, a wise teacher of Christian theology and history, has given us a chef’s tour of the Lord’s sweet mercies across the last two thousand years. This is no bland synopsis. Ferguson’s clear summaries of each century are festooned with juicy morsels taken from classic Christian writings and savory biographical stories. This little book will be a blessing to earnest Christians and a boon to those who would provide future generations with deeper roots in our rich Christian heritage.”
—Dr. Joel R. Beeke
President and professor of systematic theology and homiletics
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Mich.
“As a general rule, I give this counsel to everyone who will receive it: Read anything and everything by Sinclair Ferguson! This book is no exception. In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History walks us through our Christian family history, in twenty short, easy-to-read chapters, always ultimately emphasizing the great work of Christ in preserving His church. There are tremendous lessons to increase our discernment and aid our encouragement stored up in this little book. Read, savor, and be edified.”
—Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III
Reformed Theological Seminary
“There is nothing better to encourage, humble, and challenge Christians living in the Global South than to read how the Lord Jesus has kept His promise to build His church in other parts of the world since the beginning of Christianity. Dr. Ferguson’s book made me weep and rejoice.
This is history told from the perspective of faith in God’s promise. As biblical Christianity grows and expands in the Global South, we need to learn from the history of the church how God preserved His people in the midst of great suffering, and especially how He has preserved the true gospel through the ages in spite of so many errors that have threatened the church. As we face the grave errors of the neo-Pentecostal movement in Latin America, this book gives us hope in the God who has preserved His church always and everywhere.”
—Dr. Augustus Nicodemus Lopes
First Presbyterian Church, Goiânia, Brazil
“Church history as it should always be written—theologically grounded and pastorally applied. A marvelous read.”
—Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.