Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community

Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community

by Tim Chester, Steve Timmis
     
 

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"Church is not a meeting you attend or a place you enter," write pastors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. "It's an identity that is ours in Christ. An identity that shapes the whole of life so that life and mission become 'total church.'" With that as their premise, they emphasize two overarching principles to govern the practice of church and mission: being

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"Church is not a meeting you attend or a place you enter," write pastors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. "It's an identity that is ours in Christ. An identity that shapes the whole of life so that life and mission become 'total church.'" With that as their premise, they emphasize two overarching principles to govern the practice of church and mission: being gospel-centered and being community-centered. When these principles take precedence, say the authors, the truth of the Word is upheld, the mission of the gospel is carried out, and the priority of relationships is practiced in radical ways. The church becomes not just another commitment to juggle but a 24/7 lifestyle where programs, big events, and teaching from one person take a backseat to sharing lives, reaching out, and learning about God together.

In Total Church, Chester and Timmis first outline the biblical case for making gospel and community central and then apply this dual focus to evangelism, social involvement, church planting, world missions, discipleship, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, apologetics, youth and children's work. As this insightful book calls the body of Christ to rethink its perspective and practice of church, it charts a middle path between the emerging church movement and conservative evangelicalism that all believers will find helpful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433542749
Publisher:
Crossway
Publication date:
08/21/2008
Series:
Re:Lit
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
958,136
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is a pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, and cirriculum director of the Acts 29-Oak Hill Academy, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. He is the coauthor of Total Church and is the author of over twenty books, including You Can ChangeA Meal with Jesus, and Good News to the Poor.


Steve Timmis is the executive director of the Acts 29 church planting network and lead pastor at the Crowded House in Sheffield, UK. He is the author of Gospel-Centred Leadership and I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That, and the co-author (with Tim Chester) of Total Church.

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