Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around the Gospel

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Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around the Gospel

Format:  Paperback,

224 pages

Publisher: Good News Pub

Publish Date: Sep 2008

ISBN-13: 9781433502088

ISBN-10: 1433502089

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"Church is not a meeting you attend or a place you enter," write pastors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. "It's an identity that is ours in Christ. An identity that shapes the whole of life so that life and mission become 'total church.'" With that as their premise, they emphasize two overarching principles to govern the practice of church and mission: being gospel-centered and being community-centered. When these principles take precedence, say the authors, the truth of the Word is upheld, the mission of the gospel is carried out, and the priority of relationships is practiced in radical ways. The church becomes not just another commitment to juggle but a 24/7 lifestyle where programs, big events, and teaching from one person take a backseat to sharing lives, reaching out, and learning about God together.

In Total Church, Chester and Timmis first outline the biblical case for making gospel and community central and then apply this dual focus to evangelism, social involvement, church planting, world missions, discipleship, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, apologetics, youth and children's work. As this insightful book calls the body of Christ to rethink its perspective and practice of church, it charts a middle path between the emerging church movement and conservative evangelicalism that all believers will find helpful.

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Publisher: Good News Pub
Publish Date: Sep 2008
ISBN-13: 9781433502088
ISBN-10: 1433502089
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 9781433502088

Chapter outline

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Gospel and Community in Principle
Why Gospel?
Why Community?
Gospel and Community in Practice
Evangelism
Social Involvement
Church Planting
World Mission
Discipleship and Training
Pastoral Care
Spirituality
Theology
Apologetics
Children and Young People
Success
Conclusion: A Passion for God
Notes
Scripture Index
General Index

Book description

Two pastors outline and apply a pair of overarching biblical principles that call the current body of Christ to a deep restructuring of its life and mission". Church is not a meeting you attend or a place you enter", write pastors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. "It's an identity that is ours in Christ. An identity that shapes the whole of life so that life and mission become 'total church'." With that as their premise, they emphasize two overarching principles to govern the practice of church and mission: being gospel-centered and being community-centered.

When these principles take precedence, say the authors, the truth of the Word is upheld, the mission of the gospel is carried out, and the priority of relationships is practiced in radical ways. The church becomes not just another commitment to juggle but a 24/7 lifestyle where programs, big events, and teaching from one person take a backseat to sharing lives, reaching out, and learning about God together.In Total Church, Chester and Timmis first outline the biblical case for making gospel and community central and then apply this dual focus to evangelism, social involvement, church planting, world missions, discipleship, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, apologetics, youth and children's work. As this insightful book calls the body of Christ to rethink its perspective and practice of church, it charts a middle path between the emerging church movement and conservative evangelicalism that all believers will find helpful.

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