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What is The Church?: 17 (Crucial Questions Series) [Kindle Edition]

R.C. Sproul
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In this booklet, Dr. R. C. Sproul carefully and clearly explains that the church is a body of people saved by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit who live to glorify and enjoy God. Beginning with the ancient Nicene Creed, which affirms that the church is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic,” Dr. Sproul provides accessible teaching on one of the most misunderstood of all Christian doctrines.



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About the Author

Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than eighty books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and president of Reformation Bible College. He currently serves as co-pastor of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.

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  • File Size: 244 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1567693296
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing; #17 in the Crucial Questions Series edition (October 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRF82EO
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT PRIMER ON WHAT THE CHURCH IS ALL ABOUT November 4, 2013
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R.C. Sproul examines what the Church isn't, and what it is. In breaking down four key words from the Council of Nicea about what the Church is, Sproul articulates what it means that the church is (1) one, (2) holy, (3) catholic [i.e., universal], and (4) apostolic. Some of the issues addressed in this helpful book are: Why are there so many denominations? What are the essential truths that unite all Christians? What is Liberalism? Why do doctrines divide and unite? What's an Evangelical? What does it mean for the church to be holy? What is the foundation of the church? What does it mean to be "in Christ"? What is the Gospel? What are the Sacraments? and Why should the church practice discipline?

Sproul covers a lot of ground in this short book. It is full of historical and theological insights, wisdom, and biblically based. I would recommend this book especially for new Christians and as a cogent argument for so-called "Christians" who are not a part of a visible local church. It will help you appreciate what unites Christians throughout history, today, and forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Reformed intro to Ecclesiology December 16, 2013
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As a young theologian I found that ecclesiology was something that I felt was missing in my experience of Protestantism. As I began to study more, I found this to be more and more the case. Although Protestants could say that they understood that the Church wasn’t simply a building they met in, or a localized group of Christians, I found that often they lived as though it were. Today I’ll be reviewing What is the Church? by R.C. Sproul, an entry in the Crucial Questions series.

This book is a short read, and like others in the CQ series, is intended to give a basic answer to a question Christians face. Like the others, this book represents a Reformed position on catholic Christianity, and as such the views may not go over with more independent positions (Anabaptists, Baptists, and Non-Denominational types). However, I think this entry is a valuable tool to begin to develop a basic framework.

Taking its structure from the Nicene formulation, following in the Augustinian tradition, it identifies that the characteristics of the Church are One, Holy, Apostolic and catholic. Sproul then proceeds throughout the remainder of the book to explain each of those attributes.

Overall, I like the CQ series, and have reviewed several of them on this blog. I did find, however, that this one left me a bit unsatisfied. It seemed at times to give surface level questions, which were not on the same level of depth as the others in the series. Additionally, the treatment of the properties of One, Apostolic, and catholic were rather weak.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal November 13, 2013
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I love this whole series and pretty much anything Mr. Sproul writes. He is easy to understand, and my faith has been greaty impacted by the knowledge that his writting imparts. He quotes a lot of scripture, and looks at all different view points to give you the choice to form your own beliefs. He is awesome at teaching the core principals and what I like to call the meat and potatoes of Christianity. I felt he taught me more about what it mean to be Catholic than I learn from Catholics! Reading these books has made me hungry for more information, and also has made me feel like God is calling his people back to Him.
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By Patrick
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Sproul offers a helpful overview of the Nicene creed where the church is defined as "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." He explains briefly how unity can sometimes be misinformed. Holiness is a picture of how the people of God have been set apart, called out by God himself as the ekklesia. The church is catholic not in the Roman Catholic sense, but in the universal sense. Lastly the church is apostolic in that it proclaims the apostolic Gospel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource! March 24, 2014
By Byung
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Succinct and written with humble intelligence. Enjoyed it very much, also, because of the many references to Scripture. R.C. Sproul loves the
Lord and His Church!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is The Church?: 17 (Crucial Questions Series) March 17, 2014
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This is one of 17 in this series. I have all 17 paperback copies and also have them on my Kindle Fire (e-books). These little books were recommended to me by a number of people in my Women's Bible Study and several men in my Co-Ed Bible Study Group. I love learning more about Christ and what he has done for us and still does for us and these books help me understand our Lord more than I even realized. They are simply written so everyone can understand and each book covers a different area of learning. I recommend them to every person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful overview and explanation of God's Church February 16, 2014
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I have been tremendously blessed by the gift of teaching that God has given R.C. Sproul. This book is a wonderful illustration and explanation of what the church is. Really helps in shaping my basic understanding of the Church and my relationship to it as well as it's relationship to Christ.
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As a minister, I appreciate R C's clear and down to earth explain action of what can be a difficult and confusing question.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for the practical Christian
What is the Church? is a church history class, church government class, and practical help in relation to staying at a church. R.C Sproul starts with a church history class. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kyle Latchaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Important reading.
This book is a must read for Christians. We are the Church and we need to understand all that is entailed in being a part of God's plan for his redeemed people.
Published 2 months ago by rbartlett13
4.0 out of 5 stars Very basic
I enjoyed this book and I realize it is only an overview. It would have been helpful to have a "suggested resources" section after each chapter or following the close of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars church,what is it?
A precise description of the universal body of CHRIST ,His Bride, the invisible congregation of true believers all over world.
Published 2 months ago by nirmala paulvictor
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Discussion
I was particularly interested in the background of some of the words we use in our Christian discussions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cjbook
1.0 out of 5 stars boring and bias
He was very opinionated with his views. Many opinions were not clear and not substantiated. Overall the book was very boring.
Published 2 months ago by Randy McKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars r c sproul
The church is first Baptist church in Bradenton florida manatee avenue west. This is where my wife and I were baptised as adults.
Published 3 months ago by William R Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical
While written from a reformed veiwpoint, it is centered on scripture. Sproul is also very good in bringing in pertainent facts from Church history.
Published 3 months ago by Barry W Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
A great Biblical view of what a church is. It is even amazing that is can be ready in one sitting. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to read about theology of church and what... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Navin
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