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2,000 Years of Christ’s Power Vol. 1The Age of the Early Church Fathers

2,000 Years of Christ’s Power Vol. 1

The Age of the Early Church Fathers

Nick Needham
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Where have we come from?

Covering the 1st Century AD to the start of the Middle Ages, the first volume of 2000 Years of Christ’s Power, this period in history establishes the foundations of what we take for granted today.

Every generation has an uncanny tendency to view themselves as more enlightened than those that have gone before. Looking at the early church, by being honest about their mistakes and drawing inspiration from their motivation, mission and momentum, Needham demonstrates that our ancestors offer valuable insights for us to glean from.

Delve into the works of Saint Augustine of Hippo and witness the first apologetic ever penned.

• The Jesus Movement – Christianity through the era of the Apostles
• The Apostolic Fathers, persecution, and apologetics
• Gnostics, Catholics and Montanists
• African Christianity
• The fall of Rome and Constantinople

Volume one of five. Academically reliable, the accessible humorous style and accompanying glossary means church history is a subject for everyone to benefit from.


“It is a brave historian who tackles the extremely challenging task of writing the 2000–year history of the church. Nick Needham has more than risen to the challenge… well worth the wait” – Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Nick Needham

About Nick Needham

Nick Needham is a Church History lecturer at Highland Theological College in Dingwall. Previous to this, he taught Systematic Theology at the Scottish Baptist College in Glasgow. From 2004 to 2021, he was the minister of Inverness Reformed Baptist church. He is author of the highly collectable 2,000 Years of Christ’s Power series.


  • Author: Nick Needham
  • Release Date: October 2016
  • Pages: 456
  • Format: Large trade hardback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781781917787
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Church > Christian Church > Church History
  • Series: 2,000 Years


What makes the books so useful is that in a non-technical (but not simplistic) way, they bring out the main story line of the history of the church through the centuries. But in addition, and most helpfully, each chapter concludes with a selection of writings (translated of course!) from people discussed in the chapter. This means that we are not only told what certain people believed, but we are able to read some of their actual writings -- and this is often extremely illuminating.

Martin K. Bussey, Lecturer in theology, Africa International University, Kenya

Nick Needham's volumes on church history explain everything that someone new to the subject might not understand. At the same time, they achieve a depth of detail to interest those who already know something of the subject. We use them as standard texts at LTS and look forward eagerly to forthcoming volumes.

Robert Strivens, Pastor, Bradford–on–Avon Baptist Church, Wiltshire, UK & former Principal, London Seminary
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