To love Christ is to love His church. So say the authors of this fresh look at four defining characteristics of the church. Though many people see the church as unimportant--even a hindrance to spirituality--this book reminds us that "the church is God's gift to his children for provision, protection, and growth. The church is the vessel for the display of God's glory." 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.
Three pastor-scholars explore the meaning for evangelicals today of the Nicene Creeds affirmation of the church as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.
Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.
Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.
Here is a book by three pastor-theologians, all honest-to-God evangelicals, about the four Nicene attributes of the churchits unity, purity, catholicity, and apostolic identity. I hope this book will signal a new turn away from the kind of low, functionalist how-to ecclesiology that so damages the churchs witness and dishonors her Lord.
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