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Compelling Community : Where Gods Power Makes A Church Attractive
The local church is meant to embody the vibrant diversity of the global church, transcending racial, cultural, and economic boundaries. Yet local churches too often simply reflect the same societal divisions prevalent in our world today-making them more akin to social clubs filled with like-minded people than the supernatural community the New Testament prescribes. Pastors Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop argue that authentic fellowship is made up of two crucial ingredients: commitment (depth) and diversity (breadth). Theologically rooted yet extremely practical, this book sets forth basic principles that will help pastors guide their churches toward the compelling community that we all long for.
Rules For Walking In Fellowship
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What good is a church community if it lacks loving fellowship?
In Rules for Walking in Fellowship, John Owen supplies struggling congregations with biblical guidelines for making church life in the present a foretaste of heavenly fellowship to come. He discusses both the responsibilities congregations have toward pastors as well as the duties members have toward one another. Together, Owen presents twenty-four rules for fostering gospel fellowship, supporting them with numerous proof texts, brief explanations, and words of motivation to keep them. His simple approach makes this book ideal for personal or small group study. Here, then, is a collection of indispensable biblical rules that will challenge Christians in any given congregation, of whatever denomination a little gem that is at the same time doctrinal, practical, and ecumenical.
Series Description Interest in the Puritans continues to grow, but many people find reading these giants of the faith a bit unnerving. This series seeks to overcome that barrier by presenting Puritan books that are convenient in size and unintimidating in length. Each book is carefully edited with modern readers in mind, smoothing out difficult language of a bygone era while retaining the meaning of the original authors. Books for the series are thoughtfully selected to provide some of the best counsel on important subjects that people continue to wrestle with today.
Evangelism : How The Whole Church Speaks Of Jesus
Christians often struggle to know where to start when it comes to telling others about God, Jesus, sin, and salvation. In this short book, Mack Stiles challenges us to view evangelism as something we do together instead of something we do alone, helping churches cultivate a culture of evangelism that goes beyond simply creating new programs or adopting the latest method. The seventh volume in the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series, this book will help Christians joyfully embrace evangelism as a way of life as it equips them to share their faith with those who don’t yet know Jesus.
Connecting Church 2.0
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The development of meaningful relationships, where every member carries a significant sense of belonging, is central to what it means to be the church. So why do many Christians feel disappointed and disillusioned with their efforts to experience authentic community? Despite the best efforts of pastors, small group leaders and faithful lay persons, church is too often a place of loneliness rather than connection. In this revised and updated version of his bestselling book, Randy Frazee shows us how church can be so much…better-more intimate and alive.
The answer may seem radical today, but it was a central component of life in the early church. First-century Christians knew what it meant to live in vital community with one another, relating with a depth and commitment that made the body of Christ a perfect metaphor for the church. What would it take to reclaim that kind of love, joy, support, and dynamic spiritual growth? Read this book and find out.
Disciple Making Church (Revised)
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Every Christian, church leader and layperson alike, has been called by Christ to make disciples. But often there is so much focus in our churches on the first part of Christ’s command–evangelism–that the second part–teaching new believers to obey all that Christ commanded–is forgotten. New believers find themselves on their own, trying to figure out what their new life is supposed to look like.
In this well-loved book, Bill Hull explains why disciple-making must be the focus of every believer’s life and shows how each of us can do it. With practical examples drawn from vast ministry experience, Hull helps the church deepen and enrich the lives of believers as they learn to truly follow Christ.
Master Plan Of Evangelism (Abridged)
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It all started when Jesus called a few people to follow him and share God’s message with their neighbors. We are called to do the same. But evangelism can be difficult–even intimidating. With all the evangelism resources available, where should you turn to find sound advice on how to share the Good News with others?
The answers aren’t found in TV evangelism, easy-evangelism guidebooks, or the latest marketing techniques. Rather, Robert E. Coleman points to the Bible, to the ultimate example found in Jesus Christ.
For more than forty years, The Master Plan of Evangelism has challenged and instructed more than 3.5 million readers. This abridged version for time-starved readers is as fresh, relevant, and effective as ever. Join the movement and discover how you can minister to the people God brings into your life.
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The greatest challenge facing most churches today isn’t getting people through the front door-it’s keeping them from leaving through the back door. In his new book, Larry Osborne reveals what it takes to cultivate a sticky church and reveals the strategy of sermon-based small groups to retain members while leading your church into even deeper levels of discipleship.
Understanding Four Views On The Lords Supper
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Four different ways Christians understand the Lord’s Supper-Baptist view (memorialism), Reformed (spiritual presence), Lutheran (consubstantiation), and Roman Catholic (transubstantiation)-are fairly represented and debated to provide readers with an opportunity to draw their own conclusion on this important Christian institution.
Betrayed : How Would You Feel If Your Daughter Told You She Believed In Jes (Rev
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How do you feel when you are successful, Jewish, and your twenty-one-year-old daughter tells you she believes in Jesus?
Above All Earthly Powrs
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In our postmodern world, every view has a place at the table but none has the final say. How should the church confess Christ in today’s cultural context?
Above All Earthly Pow’rs, the fourth and final volume of the series that began in 1993 with No Place for Truth, portrays the West in all its complexity, brilliance, and emptiness. As David F. Wells masterfully depicts it, the postmodern ethos of the West is relativistic, individualistic, therapeutic, and yet remarkably spiritual. Wells shows how this postmodern ethos has incorporated into itself the new religious and cultural relativism, the fear and confusion, that began with the last century’s waves of immigration and have continued apace in recent decades.
Wells’s book culminates in a critique of contemporary evangelicalism aimed at both unsettling and reinvigorating readers. Churches that market themselves as relevant and palatable to consumption-oriented postmoderns are indeed swelling in size. But they are doing so, Wells contends, at the expense of the truth of the gospel. By placing a premium on marketing rather than truth, the evangelical church is in danger of trading authentic engagement with culture for worldly success.
Welding extensive cultural analysis with serious theology, Above All Earthly Pow’rs issues a prophetic call that the evangelical church cannot afford to ignore.
Perspectives On Church Government
This book presents in counterpoint form the basic models of church government which have developed over the course of church history with a view toward determining which is most faithful to Scripture. Each chapter will be written by a prominent person from within each tradition–with specific guidelines dealing with the biblical, historical, and theological issues within each governance tradition. In addition, each writer will have the opportunity to give a brief response to the other traditions.
Communion Of Saints
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The contents of The Communion of Saints is as follows What is the Communion of Saints?, Union with Christ, Baptized into Communion, Members Only, United in Love, Assembly Rwquired, The Communion Table, Gifts and Graces, Relief in Outward Things, Mutual Edification, All in the Family, Worldwide Communion, For All the Saints, Appendix: Spiritual Gifts Questionaire, Notes, Leader’s Guide, Index of Scripture, Index of Names
Hospitality Commands : Building Loving Christian Communities Building Bridg
Hospitality may well be the best means we have to promote close, brotherly love, especially in churches where people don’t know each other beyond Sunday-morning-only greetings.
Hospitality is also an effective tool for evangelism. Showing Christ’s love to others in a home environment may be the only means Christians have to reach their neighbors for Christ.
Ideal for church leaders, this book will also make a difference among the members of your congregation. It expounds every Scripture on the subject, explores all the biblical exampltes and lists the biblical fruits of Christian hospitality. Also included are study questions and assignments for group discussion, making it an excellent resource for small groups and adult Sunday school classes.
Spiritual Disciplines Within The Church
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Why should I go to church? Why should I give so time to people I hardly know? Instead of being so focused on individual needs, Donald Whitney calls us to the discipline of living in community. It is only through our local church that we truly experience life in the body of Christ.
In a world committed to self-seeking and the thirst for individual rights, it is hard to create a genuine community based on self-sacrifice and mutual commitment–but that is just what the church must do. In Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church seminary professor, author, and former pastor Don Whitney shows how the local church can build a sense of community and turn church people from passive attendees into active participants. Whitney looks at such frequently asked questions as:
* Why can’t I get by on my own?
* Why should I go to church?
* Why should I give of myself to the church?
* Why do I need to worship in church? Couldn’t I just worship in nature?
* Why does it matter whether I become a member of the church?
Committed love must mark the local expression of the body of Christ. By putting spiritual disciplines into practice in the church, congregations can return to the depth of community present in the New Testament church, where they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Handbook Of Church Discipline
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This is a handbook for pastors, elders, and all Christians who want to see how Scripture presents the process of discipline that should operate in the Christian community. It was written in response to an urgent need. In order to help church leaders deal with the sorts of problems that require the church to respond with discipline, the author has developed the book around the five steps of corrective discipline found especially in Matthew 18:15 — 17. Because there is not merely one kind or one stage of discipline, church leaders must learn how to discern. And once the right discernment has been made, then the right action can follow. This is a simple and very readable little handbook. The influence it can and should have on the church is, however, quite profound