Christian Book Guide - Doctrine Of Church
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|Nine Marks of a Healthy Church|
By Mark Dever
Some churches are thriving, while others are barely surviving. What distinguishes a healthy community from one that's ailing? In this expanded edition of his classic study, Dever identifies nine marks that set a vigorous, biblical congregation apart, including expository preaching, biblical theology, concern for discipleship and growth, biblical church leadership, and more.
|The Deliberate Church|
By Mark Dever & Paul Alexander
Pastors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander provide a model of a biblical church in this resource for pastors, elders, and others interested in the vitality of their church. This highly practical book proposes an attitude of complete reliance on and submission to the Gospel in building a healthy church.
|The Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic|
By Mark E. Dever
Three pastor-scholars explore the meaning for evangelicals today of the Nicene Creed's affirmation of the church as "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." Their desire is that we may love Christ more by loving His church, serve Him better by serving His body, and realize more fully our union with Him through fellowship with His people.
|City on a Hill|
By Philip Graham Ryken
We are now living in post-Christian times, when Christianity no longer is the prevailing influence on the mind and heart of our culture. But we cannot compromise. More than ever before, it is imperative that Christians understand and embrace the biblical pattern for the church. City on a Hill will provide readers with a deeper understanding of how to live for Christ in the twenty-first century: go back to the model set out in the first century. Sure to be an encouragement and challenge to anyone concerned about the effectiveness of the church today.
|Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church|
By Donald S. Whitney
In Spiritual Disciplines Within The Church, seminary professor, 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?
|Life in the Father's House|
By Wayne Mack
Ideal for new Christians and discipleship groups, this helpful book explains why church membership is essential to the spiritual health of every believer. Mack and Swavely's practical discussions of the traits of a good church, leadership, male and female roles, worship, and more provide an excellent, scripturally based overview of the importance of the church community.
|To Be or Not To Be a Church Member, That is the Question|
By Wayne Mack
Should you commit yourself to membership in a local church? Isn't just being a Christian enough? Anyhow, where does the Bible say that we have to become members of a church... why can't I just attend and get involved? These are very important questions that demand an answer, especially in the "casual age" that we're living in. Dr. Wayne Mack brings his years of experience as a Bible teacher, pastor and counselor to this very controversial topic. His answers are straightforward and clear: "YES!" You must become a church member if you're to be obedient to Our Lord Jesus Christ and the clear teaching of the New Testament.
|The Master's Plan for the Church|
By John MacArthur
Good leaders make successful churches. But what makes a good leader? Drawing on New Testament principles and patterns, MacArthur details the essential qualities and attitudes of true biblical leadership. He focuses especially on leaders as humble shepherds and hard-working servants---not as slick celebrities and power-hungry CEOs.
|Ashamed of the Gospel|
By John MacArthur
Ashamed of the Gospel bears a message the church just can't ignore: that we dare not be ashamed of communicating the convicting message of the Gospel. That we dare not candy coat it. Or make the church so user-friendly that the preaching of God's Word is compromised. MacArthur reminds today's church of the inevitable spiritual consequences if Christians continue to compromise biblical doctrine and the preaching of the Gospel. This masterful work challenges the church to return to the roots of the Great Commission and encourages a steadfast preaching of the Word of God.
|Handbook of Church Discipline|
By Jay Adams
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 reponse to the various concerns that threaten to tear apart marriages, families, friendships, and congregations---concerns that call for a biblical approach to discipline that can heal fractures, restore right relationship, and ensure the health of the church. Developed around the five corrective steps found especially in Matthew 18: 15-17, this book helps church leaders deal with the sorts of problems that require the church's disciplinary response. Charting a course that combines discernment with appropriate action, this simple, readable handbook can have a profound effect on the community of believers.
|The Meaning & Mode of Baptism|
By Jay Adams
The sound of the immersionist's voice heard everywhere. Very few voices are raised in opposition. Obviously, some immersionists speak overmuch on the subject; but just as truly, most of those who disagree with them say far too little. Who knows whether the times are not now ripe for a fresh study? The words "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph 4:5) clearly indicate there is only one baptism. As a consequence, the meaning is single and the mode is single.
|It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian|
By Tod Bolsinger
In this book, Tod Bolsinger challenges Christians to embrace Trinitarian spirituality as the basis for exceptional Christian community. Focusing on daily living, this book engages the ideas of writers such as John Calvin and Richard Foster in a discussion of how living in light of the Trinity can transform communal life. Critiquing the myth of American individualism, Bolsinger claims that a relationship-centered, sacramental life--receiving the presence of God revealed in the ordinary--will transform communal worship and witness. This book is designed for pastors, worship leaders, evangelist, and other church leaders. It is important reading for all Christians--those who are called to embrace the communitarian life of the triune God.
By J.I. Packer & Thomas C. Oden
Is the evangelical church drifting away from the unity Christ desires as we fragment into ever-smaller divisions? Packer and Oden believe a significant theological consensus still holds us together. Here they examine 16 theological themes in light of over 75 key statements of faith---from the 1974 Lausanne Covenant to the Amsterdam Declaration of 2000.
By Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Revival is the lifeblood of a vital church. Without the fervor revival brings, the church cannot accomplish its mission in the world. Yet today's church is rife with apathy. How can revival be rekindled? Clearly and forcefully, Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes the circumstances which produced past revivals, discerns why each generation needs revival, and shows how revival will come about today.
|Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church|
By D.A. Carson
In Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, D. A. Carson gives both a perceptive introduction to the emerging church movement for those who may be unfamiliar with it, as well as a skillful assessment of its theological views. Carson addresses some troubling weaknesses of the movement frankly and thoughtfully, while at the same time, recognizing that it has important things to say to the rest of Christianity. Carson's treatment shows how we must not only interact with a fast-changing culture, but also how we must have our vision and practice of ministry shaped by biblical theology with Scripture as our norm.
|What Makes A Church Evangelical|
By James Montgomery Boice
Despite evangelicalism's strong truth-heritage, the spirit of the postmodern age is threatening the health of the church and the faith of many of God's people. Only a return to our theological roots--the Reformation--can keep the evangelical church standing strong.
|Women's Ministry in the Local Church|
By Susan Hunt & J. Ligon Duncan
The purpose of this book is to strengthen Christ's Church by presenting a practical theology of women's ministry in the local church. The book will answer five fundamental questions:
- Why should a church have a women's ministry--What is the biblical apologetic?
- Who is responsible for the women's ministry in a church?
- What are the tasks of a women's ministry?
- How does a church implement a biblical approach to women's ministry?
|Ministries of Mercy|
By Timothy Keller
Some lay blame for poverty and need on oppression; others on laziness. Pastor Keller demonstrates that the biblical viewpoint is far more sophisticated than either extreme. He sets forth scriptural principles for mercy ministries, suggests practical steps to begin and persevere in active caring, and deals perceptively with thorny issues. Balanced and informative!
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|The Hospitality Commands|
By Alexander Strauch
Christian hospitality is a very effective means of evangelism and of building a loving Christian community. It can help your church grow and to become a friendlier, more loving body. Unlike other books on hospitality, The Hospitality Commands expounds every Scripture on hospitality, explores all the biblical examples, and then lists the biblical fruits of Christian hospitality. Study questions included for individual or group study.
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