Joe Thorn in, “The Life of the Church”, seeks to discuss the necessity of the participation of God’s people at the table, the prominence of the pulpit, and the active voice of Christians in the public square.
The section covering the table is broken down into the need for this type of community, the hospitality of Christians, and smaller groups. This is not what I thought it would be when I read “table” on the front cover, but Thorn addresses an important and often neglected role of the Church and Christians today, and that is the place of the fellowship table in the role of discipleship.
Undergirding the section on the pulpit is the Word within worship, liturgy, worshipping in Spirit and truth, and corporate worship. If there is an aspect of the Christian life that is needed by everyone it is corporate worship. There we gather with other believers; there we gather to hear the Word of God proclaimed. While one can hear the Word proclaimed through a computer screen, there is something sacramental to corporate worship as told in Scripture.
Finally, in the square, Thorn writes on the Church in the world, participation, restoration, conversation, and multiplication. Once the Church has gathered to worship and receive the commissioning from the Word of God through the Spirit of God, the Church is prepared to enter the world and engage with the sword of Truth.
This is a wonderful little volume in a three-volume series written by Joe Thorn in conjunction with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, whose slogan aptly reads “For the Church.” I believe that was the intention behind the writing of these volumes. I hope you will read these volumes. I think they will be greatly beneficial to your own, and your church’s, growth.
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