The Character of the Church: The Marks of God's Obedient People

The Character of the Church The Marks of God s Obedient People What makes a church a church Is it where three or are gathered Is it songs and a sermon on Sunday Does it require structure and leadership How do you know The Character of the Church dispels confusion

  • Title: The Character of the Church: The Marks of God's Obedient People
  • Author: Joe Thorn
  • ISBN: 9780802414717
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • What makes a church a church Is it where three or are gathered Is it songs and a sermon on Sunday Does it require structure and leadership How do you know The Character of the Church dispels confusion by describing the five elements of a biblical church Concise, accessible, and historically informed, it teaches God s design for church so you know what to look fWhat makes a church a church Is it where three or are gathered Is it songs and a sermon on Sunday Does it require structure and leadership How do you know The Character of the Church dispels confusion by describing the five elements of a biblical church Concise, accessible, and historically informed, it teaches God s design for church so you know what to look for in one or even how to lead one.Useful for training in membership classes, discipleship groups, and elder boards and even for devotional reading The Character of the Church is at once theological, practical, and experiential Readers will not simply be informed, but led to a deeper appreciation of the church of God and its essential marks The word of God is faithfully preachedThe sacraments are rightly administeredLeadership is biblically formed and functioningDiscipline is practiced with graceThe mission of the church is shared by allThis book will bring churches and Christians back to the biblical picture of a local body, perfect for any believer eager to grow and help others do likewise.

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    1. What the church is determines what the church does. Unless we grasp what and how God has designed His church to be and function, we are likely to find ourselves moving farther and farther away from what we should be and what we are called to do. The text is designed to teach what makes a healthy and true church. 1)The right preaching of the gospel2)The proper administration of the ordinances3)The development of biblical leadership4)The gracious implementation of church discipline5)A clear focus [...]

    2. Like the first book in the series, The Character of the Church is extremely basic and short. It can be read in less than an hour. The first book introduces readers to a church's primary confession (the gospel). This book takes up the marks of a church as prescribed in the Bible.There would be a certain benefit to using this book in a discipleship setting as it can be read in less than an hour. Readers would be introduced briefly to the marks of a healthy church and then could use the book as a l [...]

    3. As this is one of three books in a series, this review will also be a shorter one.I found this book to be a good primer for how individuals in the church can serve and how a church runs. Covering topics like baptism, eldership, the Lord's supper, etc. in a very brief way gives a new believer some background information on what to expect in a church and helps give them a basic foundation for life in the church. I definitely think a book like this would help new believers most. I may get extra cop [...]

    4. In his first book, "The Heart of the Church", Joe Thorn discusses the essentials of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  In this second book of the trilogy, Joe Thorn, who pastors Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois, discusses what makes a church a TRUE church.A plethora of congregations gather each week under the guise of being a church.  They boast of spirit-driven worship, enthusiastic speakers, and even communion.  But do those things make a church one that is true and healthy?  In "The [...]

    5. The Character Of The Church is the second book in a three-part series of books by Joe Thorn that explores essential questions about church doctrines such as:* What makes a church a church? * What essentials should a church believe? * What is a church really supposed to do?In this book, the author moves from the topic of “what does the church believe” to “what makes a church a church”? This volume explores five elements that are essential in any healthy biblical church:* The right preachi [...]

    6. Joe Thorn, in the second of a three book series, lays out a clear, concise, biblical treatment of what makes up the character of the local church. Thorn offers, again, a much needed clarification on what the church is and the need for Christians to understand the role of the church in their life as believers.Walking through a right understanding of the Word of God, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, what biblical leadership derived from Scripture looks like in practice, the corre [...]

    7. Joe Thorn's The Character of the Church: The Marks of God's Obedient People is a simple and rewarding exploration of the question, "What makes a church?" What are those biblical attributes that compose church?Thorn writes: What makes for a true and healthy church can be boiled down to five essentials: (1) the right preaching of Scripture, (2) the proper administration of the ordinances, (3) the development of biblical leadership, (4) the gracious implementation of church discipline, and (5) a cl [...]

    8. I've grown up in the church my entire life so you'd think I'd know all these things by now, but this short book by Joe Thorn really helped to solidify in my mind what the church actually is and its role in the life of Christians.Once again Thorn stays concise as he barrels through the distinctive marks of what (or rather, who) the true church is and what it does. Perhaps there are better, more in depth books in the subject but I found this one to be an invaluable resource, if for nothing else as [...]

    9. Excellent book about what makes the church the church. I love Pastor Joe's writing style. The church is not meeting around the internet listening to your favorite preacher but there are means of grace and godly leaders. This book is a reminder of what is the church and its mission. I highly recommend this book.

    10. One of the best, short treatments I've read on the church. Clarifying, helpful, inspiring. Will give copies away for sure.

    11. A good book to whet your appetite if you've never read any ecclesiology. Short, straightforward and clear.

    12. Joe Thorn has written a set of resources that the Church desperately needs and from which it will benefit greatly. These are short, approachable books that manage to cover complex and touchy topics with a degree of depth and clarity not often found together. Being able to distill these sorts of issues to a few pages while still presenting them in a thorough manner that even a novice will not struggle through too much is a gift, and Thorn (plus editors!) certainly has that gift.The first book in [...]

    13. I really loved reading Joe Thorn's The Character of the Church. In this lovely little book, Thorn examines what makes a local church a a true church--a healthy church. Essentially, his answer is that in a true church: the Bible is rightly proclaimed and preached, the ordinances are rightly administered, biblical leaders keep it functioning, discipline is actually practiced (with grace), and an evangelistic mission is shared by the whole church or congregation. The book is short. The chapters are [...]

    14. After reading Thorn's first installment in this series it was clear that he is passionate about Christ and preaching Him crucified. This installment goes more inside the framework and make-up of the church body. Thorn states "What makes for a true and healthy church can be boiled down to five essentials: (1) the right preaching of Scripture, (2) the proper administration of the ordinances, (3) the development of biblical leadership, (4) the gracious implementation of church discipline, and (5) a [...]

    15. An excellent sequel to the series. The main issue here is church disciple. The identity of the church is found in its discipline. Without the process of sanctification and accountability by the Church, the mission gets lost. When the mission is lost, the church is only entertainment. This book[let] is an excellent guide and indeed a litmus test for getting the church on the track it needs to be on!

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