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The Church and the Surprising Offense of Gods Love

eBook|Jan 2010
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An expert defense of how God's holy love is biblically, theologically, and practically represented to a watching world through the practices of church membership and discipline.


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An expert defense of how God's holy love is biblically, theologically, and practically represented to a watching world through the practices of church membership and discipline.


When the world speaks of "love," it often means unconditional acceptance. Many churches have adopted this mind-set in their practice of membership and discipline-if they have not done away with such structures entirely. "Yet God's love and God's gospel are different than what the world expects," writes Jonathan Leeman. They're centered in his character, which draws a clear boundary between what is holy and what is not. It's this line that the local church should represent in its member practices, because the careful exercise of such authority "is God's means for guarding the gospel, marking off a people, and thereby defining his love for the world."

So how should churches receive and dismiss members? How should Christians view their submission to the church? Are there dangers in such submission? The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love responds with biblical, theological, and practical guidance-from both corporate and individual perspectives. It's a resource that will help pastors and their congregations upend worldly conceptions and recover a biblical understanding and practice of church authority.


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 336000
  • Product Code 9781433522888
  • ISBN 1433522888
  • EAN 9781433522888
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Good News Publishers
  • Publication Date Jan 2010
  • Sales Rank 71855
  • DRM Free
  • Printable No
  • Size 2.67 MB (EPUB)

Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan Leeman (cand. Ph.D., University of Wales) is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, he has served as interim pastor in two churches. J onathan is absolutely amazed that God has saved him, in spite of all the reasons he has given him not to. Jonathan is the director of communications for 9Marks and the author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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