Elmer Towns believes that the church is doing its best when it is focusing on Christ.and he delivers the good news that there are many churches who are doing just that. In What's Right with the Church, Dr. Towns takes you on a tour of churches that are carrying forward the Early Church's mission and transforming their communities in spite of media skepticism, and cultural cynicism. These local bodies look different from one another, but they are each "getting church right" in similar ways. Dr. Towns suggests that there a few essentials that, when the church gets them right, ensures that the body of Christ moves forward in its mission with power and purpose.These basics include the Bible, sin, worship, serving, and the great commission-and, of course, Jesus Christ! Celebrate what God is continuing to accomplish through the global church, and find out how your local fellowship can join with him to transform the world.
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The early believers of Jesus Christ knew that they were not just members of an organization, nor were they just an extension of Old Testament Judaism. They knew that they were followers of the living Lord Jesus Christ. They were members of a thing called the church. Through the centuries, the church has been the most powerful transforming force in history. Yet in America many observe it as anemic and powerless. Author Elmer Towns contends that there is good news; there are many things that are still right with the church. What Is Right With the Church affirms the positive things that are present in the church today, and what will carry it forward as a transforming force. This book is not a defense of the traditional church, nor does it run to embrace all new forms of worship. Rather this book examines the biblical nature of church allowing the best to come forth. It is not a book about old churches, new churches or home churches. It is a book about what is right about every true church, no matter the expression, history or culture. A growing number of people are not aware of the enduring strengths of the church. The author contends that if believers in Christ are to effectively move forward with healthy communities and a vibrant faith in this new century, they must be established on foundational, biblical truths and core values. And when this happens, the church thrives as a transforming force.
ELMER TOWNS is Vice President and Dean of the School of Religion at Liberty University, which he co-founded in 1971 with Jerry Falwell. He teaches the 2,000-member pastor’s Sunday School class at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. Towns is a Gold Medallion Award-winning author and his books include Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough and How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say. Elmer and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children.