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The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today
     

The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today

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by Everett Ferguson
 

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ISBN-10: 0802841899

ISBN-13: 9780802841896

Pub. Date: 08/06/1997

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


The Church of Christ develops the affirmation that Christ is not complete without his people. It grounds ecclesiology in Christology and soteriology. Beginning with the Old Testament basis of the New Testament teaching about the church, the book gives a consistent correlation of Christ with the church's nature, membership, assemblies, ministry, and

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The Church of Christ develops the affirmation that Christ is not complete without his people. It grounds ecclesiology in Christology and soteriology. Beginning with the Old Testament basis of the New Testament teaching about the church, the book gives a consistent correlation of Christ with the church's nature, membership, assemblies, ministry, and life.

This is not a historical study but a doctrinal study. The aim is to present a biblical theology of the church. A doctrinal approach, however, does not mean a doctrinal scheme is imposed on the text; rather, the effort is to let the doctrinal teaching arise out of the text itself.

The systematic treatment of the topics traditionally covered in studies of the doctrine of the church are here brought together in relationship to Christ, who is seen as providing the nature of the church and of its membership and as providing not only the example for the church but also a living continuation of himself in its worship, polity, and ethics.

The "Today" in the subtitle does not imply a tailoring of biblical ecclesiology to the interests of the present, but is meant to emphasize that biblical ecclesiology is viable today; it is also an acknowledgment that the questions addressed are in part shaped by contemporary as well as historical issues in ecclesiology. In light of these considerations, Ferguson unveils a comprehensive model of the church that is both biblically centered and relevant to today's world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802841896
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/06/1997
Pages:
463
Sales rank:
939,942
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

  1. The People and the Messiah: History and Eschatology
  2. Covenant

    Meaning of Covenant
    God's Covenants
    The Promise of a New Covenant
    Covenant in the New Testament
    The Old Covenant Obsolete
    Value of the Old Testament for Christians
    The Covenant People

    Kingdom

    Meaning of Kingdom
    The Kingdom of God and Israel
    The Kingdom of God and Jesus
    The Kingdom of God and the Church
    The Kingdom of God and the Future
    Summary Points

    Christ (Messiah)

    Meaning of Messiah
    Jesus as Messiah
    Suffering Servant and Son of Man
    Matthew 16:13-23

    Community

    Precedents from the Old Testament
    Prerequisites for the Church
    Pentecost as the Beginning
    People of the End Time
  3. The Church and Her Lord: The Nature of the Church

    The Centrality of Christ
    The People of God

    Peoplehood
    Other Biblical Terminology for the People of God
    Election
    Implications of Being the People of God

    The Body of Christ

    'In Christ' and 'With Christ'
    Passages Using the Imagery of the Body of Christ
    Titles Shared by Christ and His Body
    Implications of Being the Body of Christ

    The Community of the Holy Spirit

    The Old Testament Expectation
    The Holy Spirit in the Ministry of Jesus
    The Holy Spirit in the Church
    Miraculous Manifestations
    Implications of Being the Community of the Holy Spirit

    The Family of God

    Various Uses of Family Imagery
    Christ as Son and Christians as Children
    Brothers and Sisters of Christ

    Agricultural Images

    The Vine and the Vineyard
    The Sheep and the Sheepfold

    An Architectural Image

    A Building
    The Temple
  4. The Church and Her Savior: Salvation and Church Membership
  5. Human Need

    The Nature of Human Beings
    Further Theological Reflections on Sin

    God's Action

    Different Descriptions of the Atonement
    Further Theological Reflections on the Atonement
    The Preaching of the Cross

    Human Response

    Faith
    Repentance
    Baptism

    God's Gifts

    Three Tenses of Salvation
    Salvation and the Church
  6. The Church and Her High Priest: Worship and Assembly
  7. Word Meanings

    The English Word
    The Greek Words

    Theological Foundations of Worship

    The Nature of God
    The Atoning Work of Jesus
    The Access to God through the Holy Spirit
    The Result of Salvation

    The New Temple in His Body

    The Church as a Temple
    Priest and Priesthood
    Sacrifices of the Christian Priest

    Attitudes toward Worship and in Worship

    Worship and Assembly
    Misunderstandings of Worship
    Proper Attitudes

    The Importance of the Assembly

    Passages about Coming Together
    The Assembly and Worship
    The Assembly in Relation to the Doctrine of the Church
    The Assembly in Relation to Other Doctrines

    The Day of Assembly

    Terminology
    New Testament Passages
    Testimony of History
    Doctrinal Considerations

    Purposes of the Assembly

    Distinctiveness of the Assembly
    Specific Purposes
    Criteria for Activities in the Assembly

    Activities in the Assembly

    Lord's Supper
    Prayer
    Singing
    Giving
    Reading and Preaching the Bible
  8. The Church and Her Bishop: The Continuing Ministry
  9. The Worker and His Works

    The Redemptive Work
    The Earthly Ministries of Jesus
    The Work of the Church

    The Giver and the Gifts

    Resurrection and Ministry
    Gifts, Service, and Leadership

    The Minister and the Ministers

    Classification of Ministries
    Temporary/Occasional Functionaries
    Meaning of Ordination

    The Shepherd and the Shepherds

    Names
    Qualifications
    Duties
    Responsibilities of the Congregation
    Teachers

    The Preacher and the Preachers

    Qualifications
    Work

    The Servant and the Servants

    Qualifications
    Work

    Women Servants

    Deaconesses
    Widows
    Limitations on Women's Ministry

    Autonomy and Cooperation
    Form and Spirit

  10. The Church and Her Teacher: The New Way of Life
  11. Morality and Community
    The Nature of Christian Ethics

    General Principles
    Theological Foundations for Ethics in the New Testament
    The Primacy of Love
    The Practice of Holiness

    Fellowship

    Various Expressions for Close Association
    Theological Foundations of Fellowship
    Expressions of Fellowship
    Some Practical Applications of Fellowship

    Discipline

    Positive Discipline
    Negative Discipline—Withdrawal of Fellowship
    Pardon for Erring Christians
    Discipline and Evangelism

    Christian Liberty

    Freedom in Christ
    The Place of Rules in the Christian Life
    The Exercise of Christian Liberty

    Church and Society
    Unity

    Exhortations to Unity and Warnings against Division
    Theological Foundations of Unity
    Expressions of Unity
    Living Out the Unity
    Contemporary Observations

Subject Index
Scripture Index

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The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is a very valuable resource for gaining a deeper understanding of the theological dimensions of the New Testament church. Scholarly, insightful, well organized and practical. Every preacher should own this book, as well as any one else wanting a clear biblical model of the church.