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In a world committed to self-seeking and the thirst for individual rights, it is hard to create a genuine community based on self-sacrifice and mutual commitment–but that is just what the church must do. In Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church seminary professor, author and former pastor Don Whitney shows how the local church can build a sense of community and turn church people from passive attendees into active participants.
Whitney looks at such frequently asked questions as:
- Why Go to Church?
- Why Seek Baptism in the Church?
- Why Join a Church?
- Why Listen to Preaching in the Church?
- Why Worship with the Church?
- Why Witness with the Church?
- Why Serve in the Church?
- Why Give to the Church?
- Why Attend the Ordinances of the Church?
- Why Fellowship with the Church?
- Why Pray with the Church?
- Why Learn in the Church?
- Why Research the Church?
Committed love must mark the local expression of the body of Christ. By putting spiritual disciplines into practice in the church, congregations can return to the depth of community present in the New Testament church, where they “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).