Do you see the church as a building? You're not looking high enough. As a denomination? You're not looking wide enough. As the sum total of all Christians? You're not looking deep enough. Dr. Tony Evans shows how the church is nothing less than the ongoing incarnation of Christ on earth--a living body with a mission, a purpose, and an ultimate call to disciple the whole world. Verse by verse, Tony Evans explores what Jesus really meant when He said, "On this rock I will build my church." And why you, no less than the apostle Peter, are one of the living stones that make up the mysterious structure that is the church today. You'll discover the church's mandate in the Great Commission and come to definitive conclusions about how it should be organized and what it should be trying to achieve.
Tony Evans defines the church in vibrant terms: it is a continuation of Christ's incarnation. As such, it is the most important spiritual institution in human history. He helps the church discover its identity and purpose for existence, and provides believers a biblically healthy context in which to grow and live out their lives. This book will inspire you to help make your place of worship all that God intends it to be.