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What does the church believe? Every church has a driving confession, but what is the confession of a true and biblical church?
In The Heart of the Church, pastor and author Joe Thorn offers fresh yet consistently classic expressions that illuminate the centrality of the gospel for ecclesial identity. Explaining the story of the gospel, its basic doctrines, and God's work in salvation, Thorn helps churches reclaim their essential identity and return from distracting pursuits.
Useful for training in membership classes, discipleship groups, elder boards, and even devotional reading, Thorn's The Heart of the Church is at once theological, practical, and experiential. Readers will not simply be informed, but led to believe in, rejoice in, and be transformed by the truth of God for His gathered people. For any church lacking power, any Christian feeling dry, or any person seeking truth, Thorn's book brings relief, direction, and light, leading to worship.
About the Series
This three-book series is designed for diverse readership, avoiding theological jargon and using clear terms to keep readers tracking and engaged. Ideal for evangelism and discipleship, each book can be read within an hour and is organized simply for retention. Biblical, balanced, and historically informed, it is useful for Sunday school, one-to-one reading, ministry training, and personal study.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 X .31 (inches)|
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contemplativereflections4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: The Heart of the ChurchApril 3, 2017contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "The Heart of the Church," Joe Thorn introduces readers to the gospel which should always be the central focus of the body of Christ. The author breaks down the gospel message into three parts namely history, doctrine, and God. The history of the gospel is essentially an overview of the meta-narrative of the Bible and how each story leads to its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. Next, Thorn goes on to explain crucial terms that are used in the gospel message such as reconciliation, forgiveness, and sanctification. The last part is a short theological primer on the gospel using a Calvinistic perspective based on the five points of TULIP. Throughout the book, Thorn is careful in remaining biblical and Christ-centered while not wading into jargon or terminology that would add confusion. Overall, the author is effective in using simple language to help those new to the Christian faith to grasp the essential truths of the gospel in a cohesive manner.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to get a quick introduction to the good news of Jesus. Although the book is just over 100 pages, Thorn does a remarkable job in being concise without missing critical details that would confuse readers unfamiliar with Christianity. Even those who have followed Christ for many years would benefit from this book as it is a helpful tool in learning how to present the gospel is an accessible way. I agree with the author that the gospel should be at the core of each local church and whenever we drift from it, we are not being faithful witnesses and ambassadors of Christ. May the message of Christ always be proclaimed by His people until the day He returns.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from Moody Press in exchange for a book review.