The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love: Reintroducing the Doctrine of Church Membership and Discipline
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Insofar as the gospel presents the world with the most vivid picture of God's love, and insofar as church membership and discipline are an implication of the gospel, local church membership and discipline in fact define God's love for the world. That, in one sentence, is the argument of this book.

Along the way we will observe that the very things that offend us about church membership root in the the things we find offensive about God' love itself. What is striking, therefore, is how most evangelicals have pushed the question of church structure into the category of nonessential and therefore non-importance. The gospel is important, even essential we say. Church structure is neither.

And since questions of church structure only divide Christians.it's best to leave it out of the conversation altogether. Correct? What if that is wrong? What if God, in his wisdom, actually revealed both content and form, both a message and a medium, both a gospel and a polity, perfectly suited to one another. Couldn't pushing questions of church structure into the category of 'what respectable evangelicals shouldn't hold strong opinions about' eventually undermine the gospel itself?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433509059
ISBN-13: 9781433509056
Series: IXMarks

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An expert defense of how God's holy love is biblically, theologically, and practically represented to a watching world through the practices of church membership and discipline.

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Jonathan Leeman (PhD, University of Wales) is the editorial director for 9Marks. He has written for a number of publications and is the author or editor of several books. He is also an occasional lecturer at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and adjunct professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC.

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.

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