The Rebirth of the Church
Churches across the Western world have become increasingly fragmented and marginalized, often struggling to survive. Here Eddie Gibbs, a bestselling author and veteran church and culture expert, addresses the challenges of re-imagining the church in a post-Christian world. He gleans...
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Churches across the Western world have become increasingly fragmented and marginalized, often struggling to survive. Here Eddie Gibbs, a bestselling author and veteran church and culture expert, addresses the challenges of re-imagining the church in a post-Christian world. He gleans critical biblical insights from the early church's experience to help contemporary leaders and churches minister more effectively.
Gibbs compares and contrasts the social and cultural context of the twenty-first century with the first century, exploring what can be learned about the birthing of churches in the book of Acts and in Paul's letters. He identifies the issues Paul faced in order to sustain a movement growing exponentially and considers what lessons might be learned in addressing current challenges in the church. The book examines vital issues not only for the survival of the church but also for its revitalization and rebirth, and provides direction for local churches on becoming agents of mission.
Eddie Gibbs (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is director of the Institute for the Study of Emerging Churches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts and a senior professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author of numerous books, including Emerging Churches and the critically acclaimed ChurchNext (winner of a Christianity Today book award) and most recently ChurchMorph: How Megatrends Are Reshaping Christian Communities.
- Introduction<br><b>part 1: Comparing Contexts<br></b>1. Engaging Twenty-first-century, Post-christendom Contexts<br>2. Engaging First-century Contexts<br><b>part 2: Issues And Insights<br></b>3. Urban Engagement<br>4. Birthing New Churches<br>5. Caring For New Churches<br>6. Welcoming And Incorporating New Members<br>7. Upholding The Apostolic Message<br>8. Relationships Within The Church And With The World<br>9. Mission And Ministry, Then And Now<br>index