What Is a Church?

By Matthew Emadi

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What Is a Church?

By Matthew Emadi

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Brief, Accessible Guide Explains the Characteristics and Role of the Local Church

What is the difference between the universal church and a local church? Is it important to belong to a local congregation? Isn’t it enough to attend church online? Though Scripture affirms the significance and authority of the local church, many Christians struggle to understand the institution’s role in their personal lives.

In this addition to the Church Questions series, Matthew Emadi clearly defines the local church, helping believers live out their God-ordained mission to assemble together as the body of Christ. Through Scripture and compelling stories, Emadi lays out 6 biblical characteristics of a church and demonstrates how Christians can faithfully represent God’s kingdom on earth.

  • Brief, Accessible Resource: Easy-to-share guide answers important, commonly asked questions about the church 
  • Biblical and Christ-Centered: Presents a vision for the church that is founded on the commands of Scripture
  • Practical Guidance for Church Members: Explains what it means to participate in a local church body, with information on ordinances, leadership, evangelism, and more

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Author:

Matthew Emadi

Matthew Emadi (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of Crossroads Church in Sandy, Utah. He is the author of How Can I Serve My Church? Matthew is married to Brittany and they have six children.

Product Details

Category: Church Ministry
Education
Culture & Social Issues
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 64
Size: 4.0 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 1.46 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-9233-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-9233-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433592331
Case Quantity: 172
Published: May 28, 2024

Endorsements

“Christians are pressed by very real questions. How does Scripture structure a church, order worship, organize ministry, and define biblical leadership? Those are just examples of the questions that are answered clearly, carefully, and winsomely in this new series from 9Marks. I am so thankful for this ministry and for its incredibly healthy and hopeful influence in so many faithful churches. I eagerly commend this series.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Sincere questions deserve thoughtful answers. If you’re not sure where to start in answering these questions, let this series serve as a diving board into the pool. These minibooks are winsomely to-the-point and great to read together with one friend or one hundred friends.”
Gloria Furman, author, Labor with Hope and Missional Motherhood

“As a pastor, I get asked lots of questions. I’m approached by unbelievers seeking to understand the gospel, new believers unsure about next steps, and maturing believers wanting help answering questions from their Christian family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. It’s in these moments that I wish I had a book to give them that was brief, answered their questions, and pointed them in the right direction for further study. Church Questions is a series that provides just that. Each booklet tackles one question in a biblical, brief, and practical manner. The series may be called Church Questions, but it could be called ‘Church Answers.’ I intend to pick these up by the dozens and give them away regularly. You should too.”
Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas; author, Seven Dangers Facing Your Church

“Where can we Christians find reliable answers to our common questions about life together at church—without having to plow through long, expensive books? The Church Questions booklets meet our need with answers that are biblical, thoughtful, and practical. For pastors, this series will prove a trustworthy resource for guiding church members toward deeper wisdom and stronger unity.”
Ray Ortlund, President, Renewal Ministries

Easy-to-share guide answers important, commonly asked questions about the church