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The Enduring Community: Embracing The Priority Of The Church
by Brian Habig
The Enduring Community: Embracing the Priority of the Church is a clarion call for the evangelical Church to return to Christ's foundational roots for it. Those roots are lodged in the Universal Church's and local church's Christ-imaging roles as a prophetic witness, a priestly witness, and a kingly witness. The authors, both PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) ordained p ...more
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In a day when many folks dismiss the local church as irrelevant, this was such an encouraging reminder of how much Christ loves the church - even the church expressed in the particular local body where I serve and worship. Easily readable, very practical, convicting, and encouraging. Highly recommend.
This is a good book on Church and the basics of how it is to function. I picked it off the shelf about 10 days ago to get my brain back into what really matters - instead of the election. The church is Plan A - and Mr. Habig does a good job of dispelling the myths that often lead people away from church and what it truly is. It is a refutation to the idea that Church is a consumer based club and refocuses grumbles back to the worship of God.
Read this book when it first came out and have read it for various reasons in subsequent years. This time, the elders of the church were reading it and discussing it as part of their monthly meeting. There are good reminders here for us about that nature of the church and good application points. The authors do a good job holding together the tension between the ideal of the church and what is actually happening in the church.
Really excellent introduction to ecclesiology and practical life in the church. This is a good book for a winsome and clear defense of Presbyterian church order and why it's a good thing. Christians often neglect to think through questions about why church is important and why we do what we do as members of the Church. The Enduring Community provokes consideration of those questions and points toward biblical answers.
Aug 14, 2008 Melanie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melanie by: RUF Internship
One of the best books for practical, yet biblically grounded thinking about what it means for Christians to take part in the life of the Church that I have read.