- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802414699
- ISBN-13: 978-0802414694
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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The Life of the Church: The Table, Pulpit, and Square Paperback – March 7, 2017
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What should a church do?
Look at your church’s calendar and you will learn its mission. But how do you know it’s the mission Jesus gave?
In The Life of the Church, Joe Thorn explains the mission of the church and the three rhythms for fulfilling it. The result is a simple, memorable model for church life and ministry, grounded in Scripture and aligned with historic practices. Pastors will be equipped to refocus their ministries, and Christians to fulfill their purpose: to be and make disciples.
The Heart | Character | Life of the Church
This three-book series is designed for diverse readership. It avoids theological jargon and uses clear terms to keep readers tracking and engaged. Ideal for evangelism and discipleship, each book is organized simply for retention and can be read within an hour. Biblical, balanced, and historically informed, the series is useful for Sunday school, one-to-one reading, ministry training, and personal study.
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This trilogy of books are very well written with careful and thoughtful language that cuts straight to topics we all hope to read about.
While not being a ecclesiastical study in tradional terms the trilogy centers on Christ's person and work as the heart of the Church and develops many concentric circles that give a beautiful and complete look at the Gospel's affect on church life and thus the lives of members of churches.
As with Thorn's other books they are as beneficial for teaching and preaching as they are for devotional and discipling purposes. Cannot recommend enough.
In the first section of the book, Thorn talks about the church as a community. It is no secret that most of our culture believes the church is the building, which the Bible tells us it is the people. Joe addresses our need for the community of faith and how it strengthens us as we walk with Jesus. Joe talks about the need for the church to meet in small groups whether in a home or another location where believers can read the word and pray together. Finally, in this section Joe addresses hospitality. Many people think hospitality is letting people into their home, which there is nothing wrong with that. Joe says hospitality is allowing people into your life at great costs to you. This little chapter on hospitality is much needed in the church today because many people have no idea what Biblical hospitality is.
The next section of the book deals with the pulpit, which is a no-brainer for most believers. Joe says a church is to worship God together. Yes, we can worship God alone, but a true believer seeks community with fellow believers and worships God together as a family. As we worship, we are to worship God in spirit and in truth based on the written of Word of God. Speaking of the Word, that is what the church is to be proclaiming. Joe mentions Liturgy which many churches don't know what this is. A good liturgy, according to Joe, takes the Christian from guilt to praise. To make the Christian see the ruin of their sin and the grace that God has given them in Christ. Joe does say there is no Biblical grounds for a liturgy, but he can testify to the benefits it can bring.
The final section of the book deals with the church being sent out into the world. The church is not a retreat for the saved, though many churches have made it that way, but it is where we receive our marching orders from the Savior. Joe encourages his readers that we must participate in the culture around us. Whether it is a neighborhood watch program or a soccer team. We must be engaged with the culture in various ways. We are also to be in conversations with the culture. That means evangelize. Share Jesus using words, which is something Joe stressed on. Finally, Joe addresses multiplication which means being involved and interested in churches beyond your walls. Being involved in church planting and church revitalization.
Joe Thorn once again delivers another great book on the church. Just like his other books, the chapters are to the point for anyone to pick up and read.
The Life of the Church is, once again, a short, quick read, spanning only 106 small pages. It is broken up into three parts: (1)The Table, (2)The Pulpit, and (3)The Square. The Table focuses three chapters on the community of believers within the local church, namely "small groups" where life happens more organically. The Pulpit focuses the reader on preaching and worship over four chapters. Finally, The Square, surrounded the concept of evangelism, or "the church in the world".
I think the most important chapters in this little book -- while I found something beneficial in each one -- is chapter 5: The Word in Worship. Sadly, many churches today use the Bible in minimal ways, reading only small snippets that offer surface level encouragement. While this can be somewhat helpful, these snippets can be dangerously taken out of context. Additionally, many pastors only read a verse or two in order to proof-text what it is they want to speak about, rather than mining it for its instruction and wisdom. Thorn, in chapter 5 and the following chapters in the Part, does a great job drawing the reader's attention to how the entire worship gathering must be centered upon God's Word.
I truly believe that book 1 ("The Heart of the Church"), book 2 ("The Character of the Church"), and book 3 (“The Life of the Church”) will be good resources for a church's bookstore and in new member classes. They are simple reading, not requiring much effort or time. But they inspire the desire to dive deeper into various issues of interest. So, the book (and the series) is perfect for the busy person who wants to read good theology is that isn't too "heady".
RATING: I give "The Life of the Church" 5 out of 5stars. You'll want to pick up all three books if you're going to pick up even one!
DISCLAIMER: I received this book free of charge from Moody Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review of it. All opinions are mine, and I was not required to provide a positive review of it.