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THE TURKISH PARTNERSHIP OF SOUTH AFRICA
SERVES THE TURKISH CHURCH


Respecting the Turkish Church and Leadership
by serving them from a Biblical Kingdom perspective

WE SUPPORT THE INDIGENOUS TURKISH CHURCH

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"Buluşma Noktası"

Global “Meeting” for the Church in Turkey
22 - 26 October 2019
INTERNATIONAL TURKEY NETWORK (ITN)
In co-operation with Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey (TEK)

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HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
IN TURKEY


Two out of the five centers (Patriarchates) of the ancient Pentarchy are in Turkey: Constantinople (Istanbul) and Antioch (Antakya). Antioch was also the place where the followers of Jesus were called "Christians" for the first time in history, as well as being the site of one of the earliest and oldest surviving churches, established by Saint Peter himself. For a thousand years, the Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world.

Turkey is also home to the Seven Churches of Asia, where the Revelation to John was sent. Apostle John is reputed to have taken Virgin Mary to Ephesus in western Turkey, where she spent the last days of her life in a small house, known as the House of the Virgin Mary, which still survives today and has been recognized as a holy site for pilgrimage by the Catholic and Orthodox churches, as well as being a Muslim shrine. The cave of the Seven Sleepers is also located in Ephesus.

All of the first seven Ecumenical Councils which are recognized by both the Western and Eastern churches were held in present-day Turkey. Of these, the Nicene Creed, declared with the First Council of Nicaea (İznik) in 325, is of utmost importance and has provided the essential definitions of present-day Christianity.

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