If God had it His way, what would your church look like? The New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love challenges readers to be the Church as God intends. Do you want more from your church experience? Does the pure gospel put you in a place of awe? Are you ready to rethink church as you know it? Sit with Pastor Francis Chan and be reminded that you are a part of something much bigger than yourself, something sacred. In his most powerful book yet, Chan digs deep into biblical truth, reflects on his own failures and dreams, and shares stories of ordinary people God is using to change the world. Chan says, “We’ve strayed so far from what God calls Church. We all know it. We know that what we’re experiencing is radically different from the Church in Scripture. For decades, church leaders like myself have lost sight of the inherent mystery of the Church. We have trained people sitting in the pews to become addicted to lesser things. It’s time for that to change.” When Jesus returns, will He find us caring for His Bride—even more than for our own lives? Letters to the Church reminds us of how powerful, how glorious the Church once was … and calls us to once again be the Church God intended us to be.
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What does God want for His Church? For your church? Building on each of the nine chapters of his latest book, Letters to the Church, Francis Chan urges Christ-followers to ask honest questions about the structure and values of our churches; study God’s commands for the body of Christ; pray in expectation of the Spirit’s power; and get excited about doing whatever it takes to be the Church God desires. Journey with those around you—in your community, your church, or your small group—and take intentional steps toward living out the biblical principles that fueled a world-changing movement. Don’t settle for just going to church. Be the Church. With the Letters to the Church Study Guide, be challenged and guided to passionately pursue Christ and His magnificent, beautiful vision for His Bride. Designed to be used with the Letters to the Church Video Series (available separately).
Letters to the Church reminds readers how powerful the Church can be and calls this generation to passionately pursue God's vision for His beloved Bride.
A series of letters objecting to statements in the book "Questions on Doctrine." The author was a conference president, a president of Union College, and secretary at the General Conference.
Respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes explores the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude) in this rich commentary. Writing from an evangelical perspective, Jobes addresses issues of historical relevance as well as how these ancient books connect with Christian faith and practice today. Letters to the Church includes:-Historical background for each book focusing on authorship, genre, date, and content-An exploration of the major themes in each book and detailed commentary on key passages-Boxes with chapter goals, outlines, challenges, and significant verses-Sidebars addressing difficult passages or ideas-Maps, photographs, charts, and definitions-Questions for discussion, reflection, and testing-A comparison of the teachings about Christ in each of the lettersPastors, professors, students, and laypeople interested in deeper biblical study will find this an invaluable resource that offers well-researched commentary in an accessible, spiritually meaningful form.
Illumining the Jewish context of early Christian mission, this study through close exegesis of Paul's letter to the Philippians reveals the crucial place of the mission of the church in Paul's thought.
A critical presidential election looms before us. Whether you love Donald Trump or despise him, most everyone agrees that he masterfully keeps people and the country off-balance. His acerbic rhetoric, divisive priorities, and erratic leadership foster further division and widespread anxiety. That causes some Americans to go in search of any candidate who can defeat him in the upcoming election. For others, though, Trump’s brash style, anti-establishment platform, hardline policies, and “Make America Great Again” promises are reasons to support him and work enthusiastically for his reelection. Letters to the Church seeks to help compassionate, thoughtful Christians regain our bearings and find our voice and courage for honest, hopeful conversations in this de-centering era of Trump. These conversations will help recenter the church for faithful discernment, courageous imagination, and constructive engagement in the broader community. By doing so, the church can renew its own life and model what conversation and participation can look like in a time otherwise characterized by extremism, suspicion, fear, and gridlock. Geared for use by both individuals and church study groups, the letters are organized into three sections: “What We are Experiencing Now,” “What We Hope For,” and “What We are Called To.”
|Book Title||: A pastoral letter to the clergy and members of the Church from the bishops assembled in General convention 1835|
|Author||: United States protest. episc. ch, house of bishops|
|Release Date||: 1835|
|Available Language||: English, Spanish, And French|
This book examines seven messages John of Patmos sent to those churches. According to Revelation 1:11, on the Greek island of Patmos, Jesus Christ instructs John of Patmos to: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamum, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." The Seven Churches of Asia, also known as the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse and the Seven Churches of Revelation, are seven major churches of Early Christianity, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation. All of them are located in the Asia Minor, present-day Turkey. Content: Writing, Travel, And Letters Among The Early Christians Transmission Of Letters In The First Century The Christian Letters And Their Transmission The Letters To The Seven Churches Relation Of The Christian Books To Contemporary Thought And Literature The Symbolism Of The Seven Letters Authority Of The Writer Of The Seven Letters The Education Of St. John In Patmos The Flavian Persecution In The Province Of Asia As Depicted In The Apocalypse The Province Of Asia And The Imperial Religion The Cities Of Asia As Meeting-Places Of The Greek And The Asiatic Spirit The Jews In The Asian Cities The Pagan Converts In The Early Church The Seven Churches Of Asia Origin Of The Seven Representative Cities Plan And Order Of Topics In The Seven Letters Ephesus: The City Of Change The Letter To The Church In Ephesus Smyrna: The City Of Life The Letter To The Church In Smyrna Pergamum: The Royal City: The City Of Authority The Letter To The Church In Pergamum Thyatira: Weakness Made Strong The Letter To The Church In Thyatira Sardis: The City Of Death The Letter To The Church In Sardis Philadelphia: The Missionary City The Letter To The Church In Philadelphia Laodicea: The City Of Compromise The Letter To The Church In Laodicea