Episode Martyrdom in the Early Church

This week on Discover the Word, New Testament scholar Dr. Lynn Cohick joins the group to talk about how martyrdom shaped the early church. Learn the names of some of those early followers of Jesus who were willing to sacrifice their life for the cause of Christ. And discover that it was an equal opportunity thing for men and women. Because often, faithfulness requires boldness and a willingness to offer grace-filled forgiveness when the stakes are the highest.

Dates July 8-12, 2024
At The Table Elisa Morgan, Daniel Ryan Day, Rasool Berry and guest Dr. Lynn Cohick
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Chapter 1

Who do you think about as the most influential figures of early Christianity? In this Discover the Word series, Elisa Morgan, Daniel Ryan Day, and Rasool Berry sit down with special guest Dr. Lynn Cohick to discuss “Martyrdom in the Early Church”. In this episode, discover contributions to the growth of the church from people you may not have heard about and consider the surprising impact these faith heroes can still have on us today.

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Chapter 2

Are you surprised by the role martyrdom played in the formative days of the early church? And did you know it was an equal opportunity risk for both men and women? Join the Discover the Word team as they talk with special guest Dr. Lynn Cohick about a significant woman who helped shape the early church with her commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ, despite cultural expectations. Meet Thecla in this Discover the Word conversation.

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Chapter 3

Have you thought about the amazing possibility for others to see Christ in you? In this episode of Discover the Word, Elisa, Daniel, and Rasool hear from guest Dr. Lynn Cohick about an understated but faithful woman in whom other believers saw Christ. Explore how this powerful story influenced observers then and can still influence us today in another conversation about “Martyrdom in the Early Church”.

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Chapter 4

Can you imagine having to give up everything to confess the name of Jesus? And have you thought about the impact that Christians who remain faithful despite great cost can have on fellow believers? Join the Discover the Word group with guest Dr. Lynn Cohick to learn about a woman from the early church named Perpetua who declared her allegiance to Christ even though she had many reasons not to, and the way she was celebrated by her Christian community.

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Chapter 5

What can martyrdom tell us about death giving birth to new life? And how can examples from early Christianity still encourage our faith today? Elisa, Daniel, Rasool, and guest Dr. Lynn Cohick talk about a pregnant slave woman’s confidence that Jesus would suffer for her in this final conversation about “Martyrdom in the Early Church”. Don’t miss the conclusion of this series on Discover the Word about women from the early church who were honored and celebrated for the impact of their life… and death.

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