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The Church

One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780875526140

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To love Christ is to love his church. So say the authors of this fresh look at four defining characteristics of the church. Though many people see the church as unimportant—even a hindrance to spirituality—this book reminds us that “the church is God’s gift to his children for provision, protection, and growth. The church is the vessel for the display of God’s glory” throughout the earth.

What do we mean when we say that the church is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic”? Three emerging Reformed leaders, two Presbyterian and one Baptist, examine the church through the lens of that confession from the Nicene Creed. Their desire is that we may love Christ more by loving his church, serve him better by serving his body, and realize more fully our union with him through fellowship with his people.

Endorsements

"Here is a book by three pastor-theologians, all honest-to-God evangelicals, about the four Nicene attributes of the church—its unity, purity, catholicity, and apostolic identity. I hope this book will signal a new turn away from the kind of low, functionalist ‘how-to’ ecclesiology that so damages the church’s witness and dishonors her Lord."

—Timothy George

 

The Authors

Richard D. Phillips

Richard D. Phillips

Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.

Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Ryken is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Following his graduation from Wheaton College in 1988, he earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Ryken preached at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1995 until his appointment at Wheaton in 2010. He has published more than 50 books, including Reformed Expository Commentaries on 1 Kings, Luke, Galatians, and 1 Timothy. He teaches the Bible weekly on the broadcast Every Last Word and serves as a board member for the Lausanne Movement, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, and The Gospel Coalition.