The Rule of Love: How the Local Church Should Reflect God's Love and Authority

By Jonathan Leeman

When the culture today speaks of love, it's usually accompanied by notions of self-expression, self-realization, and unlimited acceptance. However, when God's love is viewed through this lens, we run the risk of misunderstanding it entirely. In reality, the culture's definition of love often diminishes—if not completely redefines—the holy love of God revealed in the Bible. This book directs the reader toward a biblical definition of love by answering critical questions: How is love commonly misunderstood? What is God’s love like and why is it offensive? What is authority and how does it relate to love? And how does all of this relate to the church? In an age of consumerism, individualism, and skepticism, this book demonstrates how God showcases his holy love and authority to a watching world through his church.


Jonathan Leeman (PhD, University of Wales) is the editorial director for 9Marks. He has written for a number of publications and is the author or editor of several books. He is also an occasional lecturer at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and adjunct professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC.


Category: Church Ministry
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 240
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5963-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5963-1
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 12.0 ounces
Published: October 31, 2018