What Is the Mission of the Church Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, and Chancellor's Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He also serves as a council member for the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have six children.
Greg Gilbert (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?, James: A 12-Week Study, and Who Is Jesus?, and is the co-author (with Kevin DeYoung) of What Is the Mission of the Church?.
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This is a book one could easily use as the basis of a church teaching series or put into the hands of a young preacher. Church leaders could find it a useful way to stay focussed on what matters most - to keep the main thing the main thing. I hugely recommend it, and I only wish it had been available to read a generation ago. If you only read one book this year on what the Church is for, make it this one.
I felt that the methodology of the argument was clear and well-organised, yet the book remained relatively readable. I didn't agree with all that the authors proposed, although I felt that they should be recognised for their desire to give full importance to the centrality of the gospel of Jesus' death and resurrection.
Particularly to be commended in this book is the sense that the authors have engaged with Scripture in an informed way and as fully as is possible in a book of this size. However, it is perhaps the size of the book which is also its greatest weakness. With fewer than 300 pages, it would be unlikely that this book could give sufficient coverage to the issues it raises and it was my opinion that various matters were treated in an overly-simplistic manner. This unfortunately made me question whether those other aspects of the argument outside of my own expertise were equally simplistic, with the effect that the credibility of this book's proposal was undermined for me.
My views on this one are mixed; maybe you need to read it and make your own mind up!