Why We Love the Church

To be a part of a church means nothing more than that we love Jesus and love other people. The organizational, institutional, hierarchical, programmatic, weekly services view of church, it is said, are completely foreign to the Bible.

Author: Kevin L. DeYoung

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 1575673533

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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This book presents the case for loving the local church. It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the "leave church" books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs. Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people - the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling & the Disconnected.

Lord I Love the Church and We Need Help

I love the church! She is that magnificent place where you stand in the gap between your kingdom in heaven and your kingdom on earth!" Those stirring words capture the passion and insight that Dr. Bassford brings to the discussion of ...

Author: Virginia O. Bassford

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426753756

Category: Religion

Page: 114

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Do we ask too much? No, we’ve asked too little. Change, chaos, confusion – how can a pastor make sense of it all? The tap root of United Methodism goes deep into fertile soil – firmly planted in Scripture and enriched by the Holy Spirit. Our theology is rich and grounded into the depths of community and accountability, but the way we live out that theology is wide and deep-- both bane and blessing. United Methodists are neither blown away like chaff nor root-bound. Our calling is still to strive to be methodically faithful and alive in Spirit. This is our heritage and our vision. But will we dare to lean into the winds of change and be strengthened by the challenges we find? Only with God's help.

Loving God When You Don t Love the Church

Third, the more we love the offender, the deeper the hurt is that we experience. I care what people say about me. I know I shouldn't, but I do. If someone I've never met, from a church I've never been to, ...

Author: Chris Jackson

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 144120265X

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Many Christians who experience hurt in the church don't just leave their own churches; they leave the church altogether. Whether they have been wounded by pastors or people in the pews, these believers have had enough and are jumping ship in massive numbers. Pastor and churchgoer Chris Jackson is honest about his own failings as well as those of the church at large. He identifies with many of the hurts churchgoing Christians have experienced. In Loving God When You Don't Love the Church, he hopes to provide healing to wounded and disillusioned believers and restore the wonder of a genuine relationship with Jesus and his bride, the church. Jackson's humility, compassion, and practical advice for healing and restoration will touch those who have left the church and those who love them.

Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You ve Found

The way we love each other is the greatest sign of his power and presence to a world that looks on and wonders if there is anything to the Christian faith. Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, ...

Author: Kevin G. Harney

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310565782

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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How to Find Your Best FitWhether you grew up going to church twice on Sundays or never set foot in a church at all, finding and sinking your roots into a church community is crucial to your spiritual well-being. Finding the right church home can be a huge challenge, and also a lot of fun.Kevin and Sherry Harney point out that, while no church is perfect, some will fit you better than others. They show what a healthy church looks like, how to handle hot issues facing churches today, and how to determine whether a church’s unique worship style will inspire or distract you. Even better, the Harneys help you discover how to plug into a church and experience the joy of giving back.In the words of the authors, “Church can be one of the most joy-filled, life-giving experiences you will ever have.” Practical, encouraging, and true to the Bible, this book is your road map to finding a spiritual community you can really love.

The Vision of Faith Love and the Renewal of the Church

For St John, when we speak of Christian love, we are speaking not simply of an ordinary, human love, but the love with which God loves us. In other words, when we love as Christians, we are sharing in the very love of God himself.

Author: M. P. Burns

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1409272273


Page: 221

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In this book, the author gives his personal vision of the Catholic Faith. He sees the Church as being in need of fundamental renewal: the renewal needed being mainly concerned with a fresh understanding of the meaning of Christian love, particularly in relation to the second part of the Great Commandment, that we must love our neighbour as ourselves. This would involve major changes in the very structure of the Church herself.A FREE download is offered, as his main purpose is to share his ideas as widely as possible.

What s Right with the Church

I've given my life to serve the Lord through the church , even when I know she's not perfect . The church is like our children . We love our children when they get into mischief , because we have dreams for them ; we know the wonderful ...

Author: Elmer L. Towns

Publisher: Gospel Light Publications

ISBN: 9780830751341

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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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.

Sin and the Church

There are some people and some things we worship and we do not think twice about spending money on them; however, ... I have heard it said: we can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving because love is energy and it must ...

Author: Crystal Maria Scott

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 149691306X

Category: Religion

Page: 92

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Sin and the Church: Perspectives and Principles for Powerful Christian Living is a timely message for today. This book is born out of Crystal Scott's own personal Christian experience and journey, and is a reflection of God's grace, patience, and providence; she discloses that while forever a work-in-progress, she has received revelation and understanding through her relationship with God that affords her the opportunity to enlighten others as she has been enlightened. WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW CAN HURT...! As related to the issue of Sin and the Church, I consider this more than a mere cliché: what you don't know can indeed hurt you; and this hurt is more and more apparent in the Church, which is the body of Christ (His believers and followers). There is a rapid increase of spiritual decline in the Church that is quite alarming and its impact is far-reaching. All too often there seems to be very little difference between Church people and those who do not claim to be followers of Christ. I contend, without apology, that there is an expectation of the Church that God has, which is not being carried out as it should be. In the face of what seems gloom and doom for the Church, God raises a word of enlightenment and encouragement. God knows there are some who are innocently led astray by erroneous doctrine and confused, and He cares. He also cares about those who innocently or deceptively lead others astray and He offers grace, forgiveness, and restoration to the repentant heart. Included in this book are the following: * True Christian Doctrine * Lifestyles that are not indicative of Christianity and holiness * Essential keys for powerful Christian living * Statistical Data * Personal testimonies and interviews * and much more SIN and the CHURCH: PERSPECTIVES and PRINCIPLES for POWERFUL CHRISTIAN LIVING...GOOD NEWS in confusing and troubled times!

Change Your Church for Good

LOVE NOT HATE God intended the church to be love, not hate. As 1 John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” How many churches does this ...

Author: Brad Powell

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418552690

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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The church is the hope of the world when it's working right...and therein lies the problem. Most aren't. This has led both Christians and non-Christians to give up on the church entirely; it has led many others to give up on all existing churches-and maybe even start new ones. But all church can and should be transitioned to a new life. A church is never beyond hope. This book will provide principles and practices that can lead to a resurrection of any church, in any setting. It will provide the inspiration and information needed to lead a church successfully through the necessary changes of tradition and culture without compromising God's timeless truth. When this happens, the church will once again be what God intended...the hope of the world.

The Church Member s Manual

In addition to the universal duty of love to all men , as the creatures of God , as brethren of the human race , as capable of immense happiness , and as exposed to great danger ; and in addition to the love which we are to bear to all ...

Author: William Crowell



Category: Baptists

Page: 276

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