Is there a church on planet Earth that resembles the church that Jesus Christ established? If so, what does it look like? Where can it be found? What is its function and relevance in today’s Christian culture?
Confusion abounds in Christendom regarding the church of Jesus Christ. It seems that the church is constantly being reinvented. Is this God’s intention, or is it the result of a cultural effort to redefine the church?
Many of the churches that exist today have been birthed by movements and political powers rather than by our Lord. Men and movements throughout the centuries have obscured the scene with speculation and human traditions. The identity of the church has become varied and diverse. Some believe the church to be universal and invisible while others believe it to be outdated and impractical.
So what of the church that Jesus built?
A Glorious Church cuts through the confusion, the questions, the politics, and the traditions. It asks tough questions and then answers them—clearly and reasonably—from God’s Word and from the records of history. Regardless of your perspective, there are issues raised in this book that need to be addressed afresh by the Christian community.
If you desire to be a part of God’s original intent for His church, then this book will give you an accurate understanding of the origin, the identity, the heritage, and the integrity of that church. It will help you discern modern error and align your life with the purpose and plan that God still blesses.
Table of Contents
Part One—The Origin of the New Testament Church
1. The Framework: John the Baptist
2. The Founder: Jesus Christ
3. The Facilitators: The Apostles
4. The Formula: The Great Commission
5. The Fulfillment: The World!
Part Two—The Identity of the New Testament Church
6. The Church: An Assembly
7. The Concept: Correct Terminology
8. The Compliance: Scriptural Baptism
9. The Character: Scriptural Identification
Part Three—The Heritage of the New Testament Church
10. The Primitive Church: Early Christianity
11. The Medieval Church: Anabaptism
12. The Protestant Reformation: The Reformers
13. Reformation Consequences: Evangelicalism
14. Migration to Freedom: The Baptists
Part Four—The Integrity of the New Testament Church
15. The Testimonies of Historians and Persons of Note
16. The Testimony of the Scriptures
About the Author Dr. Mike Gass is the staff evangelist for the Harvest Baptist Temple in Medford, Oregon, which he and his brother, Dr. Bob Gass, founded in 1977. Dr. Gass has traveled extensively throughout the country conducting revival meetings and Bible conferences in local independent Baptist churches for over thirty years. He has also taught “fast track” courses on Baptist history at various Bible colleges. He and his wife Marilyn were married in 1977. They have three children and two grandchildren.
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