The Church

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  • Copyright: 1995-09-01
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr
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At a time in which the very wordchurchsounds a tone of dull irrelevance, the doctrine of the church has suffered the studied neglect of many Christian leaders. The persistent demands to market, manage and grow the church and to meet the felt needs of churched and unchurched all threaten to quench theological reflection on the abiding nature and mission of the church. But few activities bear greater promise as a starting point for renewing and reshaping the Christian church than the work of theology.In this book Edmund Clowney takes up that task, addressing along the way a variety of contemporary concerns: worship, mission, church and culture, church and state, church order and discipline, the ministry of women, baptism and the Lord's Supper, tongues and prophecy, signs and wonders. He draws on decades of thinking and teaching about the church as well as from his committed leadership and ministry within the church. Biblical, historical, systematic and Reformed,The Churchis a timely and provocative reflection on the life, order and purpose of the household of God.

Table of Contents

Series Preface
The Colony of Heaven
The People of God
The Church of Christ
The Fellowship of the Spirit
The Gift of the Spirit
'I Believe . . . the Holy Catholic Church'
Holiness and Catholicity
The Marks of the Church
The Service of Worship
The Nurture of the Church
The Mission of the Church
The Church in the World's Cultures
The Kingdom, the Church and the State
The Structure of Christ's Church
The Ministry of Women in the Church
The Gifts of the Spirit in the Church
The Gift of Prophecy in the Church
The Sacraments
Index of Biblical References
Index of Subjects and Names
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