An Unbroken Chain of Church History
AD 30 (Approx.)
JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD
Begins earthly ministry. Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist, setting His approval on the act of baptism. Jesus calls out His Apostles, forming the first organized church of the Lord. Each Apostle receives John's baptism. Christ commands them to go unto all the world, preaching, baptizing, organizing and building more of His churches of like faith.
JOHN THE BELOVED
Also called John the Revelator, baptizes Polycarp.
Helps organize the Partus Church at the foot of the Tiber River.
From Bing Joy, Africa and a member of the Partus Church helps organize the Turan, Italy church.
A member of the Turan Church; helps organize the Pontifossi Church at the foot of the Alps in France.
A member of the Pontifossi Church; organizes Darathea Church in Asia Minor.
A member of the Darathea Church; organizes the Timto Church in Asia Minor.
A member of the Timto Church; organizes the Lima Piedmont Church.
A member and ordained minister from the Lima Piedmont Church organizes the Hillcliff Church near Wales, England. The Hillcliff Church organizes many Baptist churches during the following years. As the Colonists come to America, many Baptist churches are started. These churches received their authority from the Hillcliff Church. Among these American bodies is the Winchester, Virginia Baptist Church.
A member of the Winchester, Virginia Baptist Church; organizes the Abbotts Creek Baptist Church.
JAMES READ, SAMUEL HAMS & DUTTON LANE
Organize the Upper Spotsylvania Church - also known as the Traveling Church - authorized by the Abbotts Creek Baptist Church.
A member of the Traveling Church [Upper Spotsylvania] organizes the Town Fork Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Town Fork later changed it's name to The First Baptist Church of Lexington, Kentucky.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Organizes the Fifth Street Baptist Church of Lexington. Fifth Street changes it's name to Felix Memorial and, again, later to Parkway Baptist Church.
FELIX MEMORIAL [PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCH]
Organizes Meadowthorpe Baptist Church of Lexington, Kentucky.
MEADOWTHORPE BAPTIST CHURCH
Currently sending authorized missionary, Teddy Badilles, to the Philippines to organizes churches. Has also organized, by missionary and ordained minister, Matthew Hess, the Soul Liberty Baptist Church of Eubank, Kentucky.
The Scriptures seem to point to Jesus being crucified approximately 3 years later. Praise God, He arose three days later! He left His people with the Great Commission to tell all people.
John (the one who Jesus loved) spends the final days of his life, exiled on the Isle of Patmos, writing the Revelation of Jesus Christ he experienced.
Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, was burned alive at age 86 in AD 155.