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Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods
Crossway Books & Bibles / 2009 / Hardcover
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What does the first-century church have to say to today's believers? Taking Scripture's timeless truths and blending them with aspects of contemporary culture, Driscoll and Breshears ask 12 basic questions about church leadership, preaching, baptism, communion, and more. Their answers will help you apply their astute insights to current paradigms, including the missional and multi-campus church models. 256 pages, hardcover from Crossway.
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 in Seattle, one of the fastest-growing churches in America. He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative.
Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have written a follow-up to Vintage Jesus which is fittingly called Vintage Church. Much likes its predecessor, Vintage Church is an informative book on the doctrine of the church. I believe this book will appeal to anyone looking to find insights and practical help for understanding what the Bible has to say about church. In fact, church leaders will want to utilize Vintage Church as a great resource for their congregation.
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
"Remaining faithful to the gospel of Jesus, the authors help us think and see how to do church in a twenty-first century context that presents both challenges and opportunities to the body of Christ. Timeless truths and timely methods indeed are woven together in a beautiful tapestry. This is a valuable work."
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest growing churches in America. He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative.
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 latest book in the Re:Lit series picks up where Vintage Jesus leaves off, focusing on the person and work of Jesus and then further exploring the confessional, experiential, and missional aspects of his church. In Vintage Church, Driscoll and Breshears seek to exalt Christ by explaining his relationship to the church, as he is the preeminent authority over her and the model for her as prophet, priest, and king.
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.
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