Total Church Paperback
A radical reshaping around gospel and community
by Tim Chester; Steve Timmis;
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Total Church pleads for two key principles for church and mission. First, the gospel as content: being word-centred (for the gospel is truth) and being mission-centred (for the gospel is truth to be proclaimed). Secondly, the community as context: sharing our lives as Christians and offering a place of belonging to unbelievers.
Authors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis apply these principles to church planting, evangelism, apologetics, social involvement, leadership, discipleship, pastoral care, world mission and notions of success. They critique current trends within the church, arguing that emerging church movements are strong on community but weak on truth, while conservative evangelicalism is strong on truth but weak on community. Their call is a call for the best of both.
This is a timely and provocative book which deserves to be read and applied in many contexts.
Total Church by Tim Chester; Steve Timmis was published by Intervarsity Press in June 2007 and is our 13431st best seller. The ISBN for Total Church is 9781844741915.
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Total ChurchMelanie Carroll, via The Good Book Stall
This book is subtitled ' A radical reshaping around gospel and community' and I have to be honest and say that though the book was well written, articulate and interesting I did not really notice anything astoundingly radical about what was being said - and I think most people from an active church or following along on the 'mission shaped church' themes won't find it particularly radical either. It places great emphasis on the biblical principles behind mission, church planting, outreach and community endeavour and in some parts goes on to say many modern church initiatives lack true biblical grounding, choosing community over gospel truth, whilst traditional churches often lack both and that their way is the middle way. Even this is not really a radical statement or as controversial as one might like. To sum up, this book is interesting and puts forward some interesting idea's and suggestions for church and community, and certainly is worth a read if your active in community and church.
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Details for Total Church
|Page last updated||23rd March 2017|
|Author / Artist||Tim Chester; Steve Timmis|
|Publisher||Intervarsity Press (June 2007)|
|Number of Pages||192|