“This book is positively, intelligently, and helpfully countercultural.”
—Nancy Guthrie, author,Even Better than Eden;Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus; and the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series
The church has more beauty—and more value—than we can see with physical eyes. Though our congregations are made up of ordinary people engaged in predictable practices, we are an outpost of heaven itself. The church is the people of God, the dwelling place of the Spirit, and the fullness of Christ. With rich theology and practical direction,A Place to Belonginvites us to experience the local church in light of the Bible’s testimony. Considering nine biblical terms for the church—such asbeloved,brothers and sisters,saints, andgospel partners—this book equips us to love and serve one another. Whether we are new Christians or mature believers, learning to love the local church can become one of our greatest privileges and highest joys. The church is where we belong.
“A thousand messengers point us to the good news of a personal relationship with Christ, but this book contains something precious: the good news of a corporate one. Megan Hill has written a love song for the church, a celebration of the communion of saints in all its present practicality and all its future glory. Her message stirred me to greater love for the fellowship of believers and greater longing for the day when Christ and his bride are at last fully and finally united.”
--- Jen Wilkin, Bible teacher; author,Women of the Word;None Like Him; andIn His Image
“This book is positively, intelligently, and helpfully countercultural. It pushes back on our individualism, cynicism, and consumerism and winsomely calls us to invest our lives—indeed find our lives—in something we may be tempted to think is simply not worth the trouble—the local church.”
--- Nancy Guthrie,Bible teacher; author,Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story
Table of Contents
1. Beloved: Loving the People God Loves
2. Called: Our One Testimony
3. Church: We Gather to Worship
4. Flock: Receiving Care from a Shepherd
5. Body: No Unimportant Parts
6. Saints: Holiness Is a Community Project
7. Brothers and Sisters: Members of the Family
8. Gospel Partners: We Have Work to Do
9. Multitude: Part of Something Bigger
Acknowledgments Study Questions Notes Bibliography General Index Scripture Index
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