Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community
By Tim Chester, Steve Timmis
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About Total Church
"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.
—Mark Driscoll, Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle Washington; Founder, Resurgence; Co-founder, Acts 29; New York Times #1 best-selling author
—Chris Stoddart, Director, Reaching The Unchurched Network
—Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe’s, Oxford, England; Director, The Proclamation Trust
—David W. Jones, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Coordinator of ThM and Thesis Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Reforming the Morality of Usury
—Peter J. Grainger, Senior Minister, Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh
—John Drane, Freelance Consultant to churches in the UK; Professor of Practical Theology, Fuller Seminary, California
|Size:||5.5 in x 8.5 in|
|Published:||September 30, 2008|