Week Two

The Birth of the Anabaptists and the growth of the Swiss Brethren

(Day 6) The early life of Zwingli and Conrad Grebel [Click to View]


This message is day 6 in a 5 week series on Anabaptist history.

In this message he early life of Zwingli and Conrad Grebel are looked into in more detail. The point of this lecture is mainly to give background information on the lives of the people who shaped the first Anabaptist. Some of the early letters of Conrad Grebel are discussed for the purpose of showing the contrast in his life when he gave his life to Christ.

(Day 7) The Birth of the Anabaptists [Click to View]


This is day 7 of a 5-week series on Anabaptist history. The messages that were given previous to this were to give a background to this movement.

This is day 7 of a 5-week series on Anabaptist history. The messages that were given previous to this were to give a background to this movement. [the date hold read 2012 not 2010--sorry!]

In this Message the Birth of the Anabaptist is given. Details of Conrad Grebel, George Blaurock and Felix Manz are discussed. The details of the rift between the Anabaptist and the reformers are discussed and some personal letters of Conrad Grebel are looked into to give a closer incite into these differences. Emphasis is given to the Anabaptist 's insistence that the words of Jesus are for today. Conrad Grebel's words to his friend Vadian say a lot: "I believe the Word of God without a complicated interpretation, and out of this belief I speak. May God give you the mercy to submit to His Word without reservation, and obey it...the teaching of the Lord has been given for the purpose of being put into practice." The revivals that spread after the first baptism are given including the revival in St. Gall where Conrad Grebel baptized 500 people in the river on Easter morning. Finally the martyrdom of Felix Manz concludes the lecture.

(Day 8) The Early Swiss Brethren [Click to View]


This in Message 8 and a 5 week series on the History of the Anabaptist. The message starts with the last days of Zwingli including his time at the Marburg Colloquy and his death at the battle of Kappel. A brief discussion about the use of the Sword follows that section.

Following this the early days of the Swiss Brethren are looked at . THe early leaders of this time period are mentioned including: Balthasar Hubmaier, Michael Sattler, Pilgram Marpeck, Wilhelm Reublin, Hans Hut and Hand Denck. The Martyrs Synod and the Theology of Martyrdom is also discussed in brief.

The date should read 2012 not 2010...sorry!

(Day 9) The Martyrdom of Michael Sattler and the Schleitheim Confession [Click to View]


This is day 9 in a 5 week session on Anabaptist history. [Oops. The date at the beginning should read January 2012.]

In this message the beginnings of the Swiss Brethren and South German Anabaptist are discussed. More is also shared about Pilgram Marpeck in this section. Leonhard Schiemer life is briefly touch on but a moment is taken to discuss the deep spiritual teachings of Leonhard Schiemer . His concept that we as Christians must have Christ IN us and not just a mental faith came out in his writings.

Michael Sattler's life and teachings are discussed at length. The full account of his Martyrdom is given as well as his letter to the Reformers earn he left Strasbourg. It was noted the use of the word "brother in God" that he used to the Strausburg Protestant reformers.

Finally the students and the teacher discussed the Schleitheim confession and the First Congregational Order. Both of 1527.

The Martyrdom of Michael Sattler, Leonhard Schiemer and the Schleitheim Confession

(Day 10) Growth and persecution of the Swiss Brethren [Click to View]


This is day 10 in a 5 week series on ANabaptist history. In this message the Swiss Brethren are looked into further as well as the rapid growth of the Anabaptist all through Europe. The terrible persecution of the Anabaptist is mentioned in detail and a time is spent talking about the theology of torture.

The martyrdom accounts of Hans Landis,Hans Haslibacher are told. The Persecution in Berne is also looked at in more detail. It was out of these Swiss Brethren that the Amish came.


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