The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

20 September 2019 | By Rod Dreher | Filed in: ecclesiology.

In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, NYT bestselling author and conservative columnist Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life The light of the Christian faith is flickering out all over the West, an

How to Walk into Church

20 September 2019 | By Tony Payne | Filed in: ecclesiology.

If you ve been a churchgoer for than just a few Sundays, walking to church probably doesn t seem like it deserves its own how to manual Right In fact, it most likely seems like a pretty straightforward and trivial weekly activity But things are rarely as simple as they seem, and how you wa

Understanding the Great Commission

20 September 2019 | By Jonathan Leeman | Filed in: ecclesiology.

God means to fulfill the Great Commission through local churches How did the apostles and the churches of the New Testament obey the Great Commission By gathering Christians together in churches The church is God s plan for evangelism, discipleship, and the Great Commission This connection be

Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global

20 September 2019 | By Andy Johnson | Filed in: ecclesiology.

Every local church should be engaged with global missions, even if most individuals in the church aren t called to go overseas But what does this engagement actually look like How can local churches train, send, and support missionaries well Unpacking principles from the Bible and applying them i

Next: Pastoral Succession That Works

20 September 2019 | By William Vanderbloemen | Filed in: ecclesiology.

Every church and ministry goes through changes in leadership, and the issue is far bigger than the wave of pastors from the Baby Boomer generation who are moving toward retirement When a pastor leaves a church, ministries are disrupted and members drift away If the church is already struggling, it

Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church

20 September 2019 | By Keith Getty | Filed in: ecclesiology.

Sing has grown from Keith and Kristyn Getty s passion for congregational singing it s been formed by their traveling and playing and listening and discussing and learning and teaching all over the world And in writing it, they have five key aims to discover why we sing and the overwhelming j

What is the Relationship Between Church and State? (Crucial Questions #19)

20 September 2019 | By R.C. Sproul | Filed in: ecclesiology.

From the very beginning of Christianity, the relationship between the church and the state has been a matter of great concern The issue remains confusing and contentious for many Christians today, as issues of political activism, religious freedom, and civil disobedience confront those seeking to u

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus

20 September 2019 | By Mark Dever | Filed in: ecclesiology.

Before ascending to heaven, Jesus instructed his followers to make disciples of all nations But what does this command actually entail What does it look like for Christians to care for one another s spiritual well being and growth In this introduction to the basics of discipling, veteran pastor

Understanding Baptism

20 September 2019 | By Bobby Jamieson | Filed in: ecclesiology.

What s the big deal about baptism Jesus commands his disciples to be baptized, and it s a glorious picture of a person s union with Jesus death, burial, and resurrection Still, many Christians feel unclear about the topic, having questions than answers This short work provides a biblical ex

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

20 September 2019 | By James K.A. Smith | Filed in: ecclesiology.

You are what you love But you might not love what you think In this book, award winning author James K A Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us We might not realize the ways o

Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus

20 September 2019 | By J. Mack Stiles | Filed in: ecclesiology.

Evangelism is than a program Every few years, churches jump into the latest evangelistic fad Leaders administrate the new program, and members go on a raid But picture a church where evangelism is just part of the culture Leaders share their faith consistently and openly Members follow, en

Reviving the Black Church: New Life for a Sacred Institution

20 September 2019 | By Thabiti M. Anyabwile | Filed in: ecclesiology.

Is the Black Church dying The picture is mixed and there are many challenges The church needs spiritual revival But reviving and strengthening the Black Church will require great wisdom and courage Reviving the Black Church calls us back to another time, borrowing the wisdom of earlier faithfu

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

20 September 2019 | By Mark Dever | Filed in: ecclesiology.

What makes for a healthy church A large congregation Plentiful parking Vibrant music You may have read books on this topic before but not like this one This new expanded edition of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is not an instruction manual for church growth It is a pastor s recommendation of