Disciples of the Apostles
In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul tells Timothy to entrust the truth to faithful men who can teach others also. Have you ever wondered who some of those faithful men might have been?
Lesson 3 focuses on the Christian leaders who came immediately after the time of the apostles. These early believers stand as examples of faithfulness and courage.
The video lectures below do not directly follow the Student Workbook or the Teacher Guide. Rather, they are intended to provide supplemental content to the material in Lesson
VIDEO 1: In introducing the apostolic fathers, the first early church leader in our list is Clement of Rome. Clement pastored the church of Rome in the 90s of the first century.
VIDEO 2: This video highlights the ministries of Polycarp of Smyrna and Ignatius of Antioch, both of whom were martyred for their commitment to the Lord Jesus.
VIDEO 3: (Optional) Papias of Hierapolis emphasized the coming kingdom of Christ. The Epistle of Barnabas and the Shepherd of Hermas also contain interesting perspectives. In this video, we discuss all three.
VIDEO 4: The Didache and the Epistle to Diognetus are both anonymous. Yet they provide fascinating insights into how early Christians thought about the church and the gospel.
FOR FUN: Here is a message about Polycarp preached to a group of college students.