The kingdom of God - Part 3A - The mustard seed
SERMON TOPIC: The kingdom of God - Part 3A - The mustard seed, Constantine and the State Church
Speaker: Gavin Paynter
Date: 25 November 2007
Topic Groups: CONSTANTINE, PROPHECY, KINGDOM OF GOD
Sermon synopsis: Jesus taught 7 consecutive parables in Matthew 13 which refer to 7 church ages.
The third parable of 'The Mustard Seed' covers the period from approximately 300 - 600 AD or the 'State Church' where we see that despite its humble beginnings, the church experiences exponential growth once the Roman Emperor Constantine is converted.
Why has Constantine been so vilified? Did he corrupt the church by changing the Sabbath to Sunday worship and by introducing pagan festivals like Christmas and Easter?
Like many politicians today, did he walk a middle ground by trying to appeal to both Christian and pagan subjects?
Was the church of this period “soft” on paganism?
We’ll also see that there is a sinister aspect to the birds in the mustard tree.
What were the origins of doctrines like purgatory, prayers for the dead, baptismal regeneration and infant baptism?
Finally are Cessasionists correct when they say that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit had ceased by this period?