The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1996 - Religion - 443 pages
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The Church of Christ develops the affirmation that Christ is not complete without his people. It grounds ecclesiology in Christology and soteriology. Beginning with the Old Testament basis of the New Testament teaching about the church, the book gives a consistent correlation of Christ with the church's nature, membership, assemblies, ministry, and life. This is not a historical study but a doctrinal study. The aim is to present a biblical theology of the church. A doctrinal approach, however, does not mean a doctrinal scheme is imposed on the text; rather, the effort is to let the doctrinal teaching arise out of the text itself. The systematic treatment of the topics traditionally covered in studies of the doctrine of the church are here brought together in relationship to Christ, who is seen as providing the nature of the church and of its membership and as providing not only the example for the church but also a living continuation of himself in its worship, polity, and ethics. The "Today" in the subtitle does not imply a tailoring of biblical ecclesiology to the interests of the present, but is meant to emphasize that biblical ecclesiology is viable today; it is also an acknowledgment that the questions addressed are in part shaped by contemporary as well as historical issues in ecclesiology. In light of these considerations, Ferguson unveils a comprehensive model of the church that is both biblically centered and relevant to today's world.
  

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The First Book written about the Church of Christ was done in 1945 by a Mr Leroy Brownlow:Titled "Why I am a member of the Church of Christ",mr..... Brownlow cites all the scripture and more importantly points out the necessity of Baptism according to the first century teaching and theology as taught by the Apostolic methods in the first century Church. 

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Excellent book! A wonderful and in-depth study of the 1st Century Church!!! Highly recommended!

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Page 6 - Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah11.

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Everett Ferguson has been on the faculty of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, since 1962 and is now professor emeritus in its College of Biblical Studies.

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