Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods
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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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This popular-level theology book paints a portrait of the church that is timeless in all that it believes and timely in all that it does.
Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, a multi-site congregation based in Seattle that spans 15 locations in five states. He is the founder of Resurgence (theResurgence.com), co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, and the author of numerous books, including the #1 New York Times best-selling Real Marriage, co-written with his wife Grace. Pastor Marks sermons reach millions of listeners online, and in 2010 Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark and his wife have five children.
Gerry Breshears (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and chairman of the division of biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary. He also serves as an elder and on the preaching team at Grace Community Church in Gresham, Oregon.
The format for Vintage Church follows the same as Vintage Jesus with each chapter handled by Driscoll covering important aspects of the biblical church followed by questions and answers managed by Breshears. The different chapters address various elements of the church including: What is a Christian Church?, Why is Preaching Important?, What are Baptism and Communion?, What is Church Discipline?, What is a Missional Church?, How Could the Church Help Transform the World? and several others.
Driscoll has a very clear and readable style to his writing. His use of personal illustrations is usually humorous if not poignant. I found his chapters on preaching and church discipline to be incredibly important especially for church leaders. Not only does Driscoll cover each subject from a solid, biblical, and theological perspective, but several of the chapters are quite practical. Such chapters include: What is a Multi-campus Church?, How Can a Church Utilize Technology?, and How Is Love Expressed in a Church? Breshears also deals with the question and answers section with great clarity and thoughtfulness.
Of course, a book like this is not without controversy. Driscoll has some strong opinions practically and theologically about church. He addresses differing views on baptism, communion, polity, etc. with fairness and tact. Yet, those with differing views will obviously not like his conclusions. I happen to agree with most of his conclusions and believe he handles each with a solid, biblical, and theological perspective. Nonetheless, despite your disagreements with some of his conclusions, anyone could benefit and learn from Vintage Church. I recommend this book and see it to be a good resource for any seeking greater clarity on what the Bible says about church from church leadership to new believers and any in between. Todd Burgett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Gerry Breshears is is professor of theology and chairman of the division of biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary. He has lectured at numerous Bible colleges and seminaries around the world and is a frequent guest on various radio and TV programs.
The authors address the imbalance that occurs when any of these aspects of the church is neglected or overemphasized at the expense of others, leading to cruel fundamentalism, compromised liberalism, or cowardly evangelism. Driscoll and Breshears provide the church with a great challenge to cling to and apply truth within the context of a twenty-first century culture. Vintage Church presents twelve practical questions about church doctrine and answers them in clear, biblical language.
This is a resource that will certainly equip pastors and church leaders to define the biblical church and apply relevant methods, as well as benefiting lay people, new believers, and those who have questions about ecclesiology.