A Short History of Christianity

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Fortress Press, 1987 M01 1 - 335 pages
For the non-specialist, Martin Marty traces the church's quest through twenty centuries for unity, sanctity, universality, and authentic witness. He delves into the disparity between the ideals of the church and historical realty in order to provide a brilliant, instructive, and eminently fair statement of the history of Christianity from its founding to the present day.In this second edition, revised and expanded, Marty has added an entirely new section entitled "Postscript and Prescript" in which he discusses the recent past and prospects. Fresh insights and revisions based on the most recent contemporary developments keep this volume abreast of the times, making it an up-to-date survey of the history of Christianity.

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Unfortunately it is not by Works you will enter into the Kingdom of God but By Gods Spirit Gal 1-11-12
11 Furthermore, let me make clear to you, brothers, that the Good News as I
proclaim it is not a human product; 12 because neither did I receive it from someone else nor was I taught it — it came through a direct revelation from Yeshua the Messiah. CJB Bible.. Paul says It is not by mans or any of the church teaching he was taught but by the Holy Spirit. Many feel they can enter into a relationship with God by works, but their works are dead because they Boast of their own works taking away from God and their reward is with them today Dead. Some enter into Seminary just to find a job or work that is not hard on the body and become Phd. Not led of God but selfish desires. but truly God does not dwell with that man so many have the Wolf who climbed over the wall putting on the sheep clothing to teach only similar fable because their words are much less effective from mans own words and power. John10 “Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn’t enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep’s own shepherd. 3 This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out. 4 After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because strangers’ voices are unfamiliar to them.” The Spirit when He comes gives life a more abundant life a New life Born not of water but by His Spirit. Let God do his work seek first the Kingdom of God and All Heavenly Blessings will follow
Ephesians 2:8 For you have been delivered by grace through trusting, and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift. 9 You were not delivered by your own actions; therefore no one should boast. 10 For we are of God’s making, created in union with the Messiah Yeshua for a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do.
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The Whisper and the Thunder
The World Turned Upside Down
The Dialogue the Code and the Retreat
The Shape of Apostolic Doctrine
The Span
The Idea of a Christian Society
The Dimensions of Catholicity
The Compass of the Faith
The Test
Walls of Separation
The Acids and Assets of Modernity
Great Things for God
The Great New Fact of Our Era
Postscript and Prescript
An Essay on the Recent Past and Prospects

The Church Has Never Erred
The Pivot
Night Fell
The True Treasure of the Church
The Vineyard Torn
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Page 12 - Art Thou He that cometh or look we for another? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Go your way and tell John the things which ye do hear and see : the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up and the poor have good tidings preached to them : and blessed is he whosoever shall find none occasion of stumbling in Me.
Page 32 - I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Page 13 - And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead...
Page 139 - Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you ; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment.
Page 10 - The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
Page 10 - Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, "and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.
Page 187 - ... the king our sovereign lord, his heirs and successors, kings of this realm, shall be taken, accepted, and reputed the only supreme head in earth of the church of England...
Page 23 - I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Page 19 - I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

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