The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love (Foreword by Mark Dever): Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline

The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love (Foreword by Mark Dever): Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline

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by Jonathan Leeman
     
 

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When the world speaks of "love," it often means unconditional acceptance. Many churches have adopted this mind-set in their practice of membership and discipline-if they have not done away with such structures entirely. "Yet God's love and God's gospel are different than what the world expects," writes Jonathan Leeman. They're centered in his character, which draws

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When the world speaks of "love," it often means unconditional acceptance. Many churches have adopted this mind-set in their practice of membership and discipline-if they have not done away with such structures entirely. "Yet God's love and God's gospel are different than what the world expects," writes Jonathan Leeman. They're centered in his character, which draws a clear boundary between what is holy and what is not. It's this line that the local church should represent in its member practices, because the careful exercise of such authority "is God's means for guarding the gospel, marking off a people, and thereby defining his love for the world."

So how should churches receive and dismiss members? How should Christians view their submission to the church? Are there dangers in such submission? The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love responds with biblical, theological, and practical guidance-from both corporate and individual perspectives. It's a resource that will help pastors and their congregations upend worldly conceptions and recover a biblical understanding and practice of church authority.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433522888
Publisher:
Crossway
Publication date:
01/08/2010
Series:
9Marks
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Leeman (MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington, DC. He serves as director of communications for 9Marks and is the editor of its eJournal. Leeman is the author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love and has been published in several major newspapers and Christian periodicals. He is currently a PhD candidate in theology at the University of Wales.


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

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Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recognizing that discipline is a lost element of church polity, I was anticipating a more practical how-to related to this topic. Nearly one-third of the book is devoted to deep theological reflections on God's love and authority, but it's so "heady" that few readers will make it through. It's extremely academic and could easily be used in seminary courses. The research and writing are well done, but I'm afraid the small percentage of folks interested in church discipline will not find what they are looking for here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago