Waldenses – A Mission Movement | Episode 7 | Lineage

Waldenses – A Mission Movement | Episode 7 | Lineage


Following their persecution in the lower valleys, the Waldensians who moved up here into the higher valleys
did not do so to live life as hermits. Number one, they fled persecution, but once they got here
they tried to establish as normal a life as possible, and normal for them was training missionaries and training their young people
in how to study and how to teach the Bible. This here, the College of the Barbs,
stands today as just one example of what would have been numerous schools
that would have been spread all over the valleys, where they would teach and train their young people to be missionaries throughout Europe. [music] Here in the College of the Barbs is a Bible copy table, a place where the students would have painstakingly, by hand, written the Bible out from beginning to end. You see, the Bible was very important to the Waldensians. They had it in their own language. It formed the basis for congregational worship. There were also societies of young people that would meet together
and would commit large parts of the Bible to memory. [music] After studying here in the colleges in the valleys, the students would be sent out
to many of the great universities around Europe. We know that some of the countries that they went to
were England, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Croatia. And as they went out as students, they would study whether to be a doctor, a nurse,
whether it was to be a lawyer. They would study various subjects, but their main purpose of going there
was to be an undercover missionary. They would take the Bible with them. They would also send some missionaries out
who would just go out as workers. There may be traveling craftsman
or traveling artisans and tradesmen and they would also take the Bible with them
and they would move and travel to different parts of Europe. They couldn’t have the Bible, it was illegal, and so they would take their coat
and they would unstitch the seam of their coat and then just inside the two layers of the coat
they would put a few pages of the Bible. And they would travel with just a few pages of the Bible, not a whole copy. And when they found someone
that they thought was maybe interested in the gospel, they would take the Bible out of the stitches of their coats and share the truths of God’s Word with them. You know, maybe you’re working today in a doctor’s office, maybe you’re working as a nurse in a hospital, maybe you’re a teacher in a school, or maybe you’re a lawyer in some law firm. You are not there simply to collect a paycheck to pay the bills. You are there as a missionary. God has put you there for a specific purpose. There may be someone in your workplace
that God knows only you can reach. As students as well, the first reason why they went to study
was not to get the best degree, but it was to be a missionary in the great universities in Europe. You today maybe a missionary in a great institution; you are not there just for academic excellence, you are there also to seek and find people
that you can share the gospel with. And the other thing we learn from the Waldensians
is how important the Bible was to them. If they would take just a few pages
and put it in their coats and then share it with other people, how much more should we commit the Bible to memory, how much more should we commit the Bible to study, that we would know God’s word
and be able to share it wherever we are. They stand today, these Waldensians, as an inspiration to us and may it inspire us for service,
may it inspire us for study wherever we are.

23 thoughts on “Waldenses – A Mission Movement | Episode 7 | Lineage

  • I denounce sabbath keeping as being not appliable to the Christian church. The Christian church met on THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, being Sunday. To us, it has NOTHING to do with sun-worship, but relates solely to the fact that Jesus Christ rose on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK.
    Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations
    1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
    John 20:1The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

  • This production is amazing! The historical facts are spot on and the pictures are tremendous!!! God bless you Lineage Journey family!!

  • “You are not in that job just to collect a paycheck…” speak His Word and watch others get delivered. What a present day challenge this is to us all. It is time for revival.

  • To find out more information of the Waldenses check out our extended article.
    http://www.lineagejourney.com/reformation/movements/the-waldenses/

  • I would never forget that when I visited the chamber of the collage, and saw a big bible on the rock table. The guide was explained the history, my tears can’t held….what a lovely Brothers and Sisters who laid down their lives for the sake of Gospel.

  • I had shared your couple episodes on my FB. https://www.facebook.com/100029808640769/posts/108049426865345/
    May God would use it!

  • So true… I do believe that I'm placed as a teacher as a missionary This is amazing I love this Thank you for making these

  • These videos are inspiring me. To see what other followers of Christ went through and how dedicated they were to the gospel. Thank you so much for these videos and may God bless you as you continue to spread his word and the truth.

  • This message has been a great conviction and requires me to pray that I may be more intentional about telling those I come in contact with about the love and soon return of Jesus Christ.

  • Apostolic Christianity – a great moniker. A really easy way to describe true biblical faith. Even a better term really than describing teachings which continue the reformation to 'come out of her my people'.
    LOVE this series – my 3rd time watching it.

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