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The Glorious Body Of Christ

A Scriptural Appreciation of the One Holy Church

Look Inside Price £9.00
Weight 0.44 kg
Dimensions 21.5 x 13.6 x 2.0 cm
page-count

384

topic

Church Issues/Unity, The Church

scripture

New Testament

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 1967

Original Pub Date

1966

format

Book

binding

Paperback

isbn

9780851513683

Book Description

Glorious’ is probably the last adjective most modern writers would use to describe the Christian Church. Yet R. B. Kuiper chose his title, The Glorious Body of Christ, advisedly, for he wished to emphasize what he believed to be a sadly neglected aspect of the subject, that the Church of Christ is glorious.

Dr. Kuiper, who died in 1966, was for many decades a teacher of theology, and his great concern was for the popular presentation of Christian doctrine. His own books went far to meet that need, including his God-Centred Evangelism (also published by the Trust) and For Whom Did Christ Die? on the extent of the atonement.

In addition to his vigorous and clear style, Kuiper is also noted for the comprehensive way in which he treats his subject. The Glorious Body contains no less than fifty-three chapters, and among the aspects of the subject dealt with are unity, the marks of the Church, the offices of the Church, its responsibilities and privileges, and the Church and the world.

Although this book is worthy of the widest possible circulation, it may be particularly commended as a manual for office-bearers in the Church.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Preface 11
Introduction – HAS THE GLORY DEPARTED? 13
1. THE ANTIQUITY AND PERPETUITY OF THE CHURCH 21
 2. THE CHURCH VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE 26
 3. THE CHURCH MILITANT AND TRIUMPHANT 31
 4. THE CHURCH TRANSCENDENT 36
 5. UNITY AND DIVERSITY 41
 6. UNITY AND DIVISION 46
 7. THE IDEAL OF VISIBLE UNITY 50
 8. HOLINESS 56
 9. CATHOLICITY 61
 10. APOSTOLICITY 67
 11. ILLUMINATION 73
 12. PROGRESSIVENESS 79
 13. INDESTRUCTIBILITY 86
 14. THE GLORIOUS HEAD OF THE CHURCH 91
 15. THE HARMONIOUS MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH 97
 16. THE CHURCH AND THE TRUTH 102
 17. THE CHURCH AND SALVATION 109
 18. AN ORGANISM AND AN ORGANIZATION 114
 19. EXALTED OFFICES 120
 20. THE UNIVERSAL OFFICE 126
 21. SPECIAL OFFICES 132
 22. THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER 137
 23. THE OFFICE OF THE RULING ELDER 143
 24. THE OFFICE OF THE DEACON 150
 25. THE DOUBLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHURCH 158
 26. THE SUPREME TASK OF THE CHURCH 163
 27. PREACHER OF REPENTANCE 170
 28. PREACHER OF GOOD TIDINGS 176
 29. PREACHER OF SALVATION BY GRACE 182
 30. PREACHER OF CHRISTIAN GRATITUDE 189
 31. PREACHER OF CHRIST’S KINGSHIP 195
 32. BLESSED SACRAMENTS 201
 33. HOLY CHILDREN 208
 34. TEACHER OF COVENANT YOUTH 216
 35. TEACHER OF ADULT BELIEVERS 223
 36. CONVEYOR OF COMFORT 230
 37. ECCLESIASTICAL EVANGELISM 237
 38. EDUCATIONAL EVANGELISM 244
 39. ANTITHETICAL TO THE WORLD 252
 40. A BLESSING TO THE WORLD 261
 41. SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD 267
 42. CONQUEROR OF THE WORLD 274
 43. THE INCLUSIVENESS OF THE CHURCH 281
 44. THE EXCLUSIVENESS OF THE CHURCH 289
 45. THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM 297
 46. SALUTARY DISCIPLINE 305
 47. THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE CHURCH 313
 48. GOD’S ELECT 322
 49. GOD’S FRIENDS 330
 50. GOD’S ABODE 339
 51. THE ESSENCE OF CORPORATE WORSHIP 346
 52. THE QUALITY OF CORPORATE WORSHIP 353
 53. THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB 361
Outline 369
Index of Scripture Passages 379

 

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