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When you look at your church's calendar and discover its mission, how do you know that mission is the one Jesus gave?

In The Life of the Church, pastor and author Joe Thorn explains the mission of the church and the three rhythms for fulfilling it, yielding a simple yet memorable model for church life and ministry that is firmly grounded in Scripture and aligned with historic practices.

Useful for training in membership class, discipleship groups, elder boards, and even devotional reading, Thorn's The Life of the Church is at once theological, practical, and experiential. Readers will not simply be informed, but led to a deeper conviction about their role in the body of Christ. Pastors will be equipped to refocus their ministries, and Christians to fulfill their purpose—be and make disciples.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 X .31 (inches)
ISBN: 0802414699
ISBN-13: 9780802414694

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JOE THORN is the founding and Lead Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, IL. He is the author of Note to Self: the Discipline of Preaching to Yourself and Experiencing the Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God, and has contributed articles to Tabletalk Magazine, the ESV Men's Devotion Bible, The ESV Story Bible, and The Mission of God Study Bible.

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    In "The Life of the Church," Joe Thorn concludes his three-book series on the church as the redeemed people of God by discussing what biblical church life should look like. The first two books examined the heart of the church as found in the gospel and the marks of the church in its ordinances and practices. In this book, Thorn focuses on three aspects of church life which he summarizes as the table, the pulpit, and the square. The table is the gathering of church members in settings other than Sunday worship may it be in a small group on a Friday evening or a group of families having a BBQ cookout on a Saturday afternoon. The author argues that these small, often informal, meetings throughout the week allows Christians to obey the commands in the Bible to love and build each other up. The pulpit represents the formal gathering of church members on Sunday to worship God through song, prayer, preaching, giving, and blessing. Thorn rightly emphasizes that all worship should be offered through faith (spirit) and Scripture (truth). The Word is central to the worship of God so all things that we do should be faithful to the Bible instead of taking after the leadership's or congregation's personal tastes. Lastly, the square concerns how the church corporately and its members individually reach out to its surrounding community to bring renewal, restoration, and hope through the gospel. There are many opportunities available for believers to become the salt and light that attracts nonbelievers to the truth of Christ such as sharing the gospel at a coffeeshop or displaying God's mercy while serving at the local soup kitchen.

    I would recommend this book along with its two companion books to all those who seek a biblical understanding of the church. In many churches today, the focus and goal has shifted to utilizing all the congregation's resources and efforts to become seeker sensitive and culturally relevant instead of being focused on God and His Word. Thorn skillfully distills the doctrine of the church to the most basic level so that all believers can benefit from the material. Moreover, the author writes with a pastoral heart that beats with a passion to show God's glory through His people. Without compromising the essential truths of the Bible, Thorn provides clear, helpful insights and advice on how churches ought to recover the heart, character, and life of the body of Christ.

    In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from Moody Press in exchange for a book review.
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