Rule of Love, The: How the Local Church Should Reflect God's Love and Authority

Rule of Love, The: How the Local Church Should Reflect God's Love and Authority

Product Code: 9781433559631

Leeman, Jonathan | Crossway


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God Is Love vs. Love Is God

Our culture’s view of love—with no boundaries or judgments or conditions— justifies whatever our hearts want and whatever our hearts feel, rejecting any authority that gets in the way. Falsely heralded as the only path to true selfexpression and self-realization, this kind of love diminishes—if not completely redefines—the holy love of God revealed in the Bible.

In this book, Jonathan Leeman directs us toward a biblical definition of love by answering critical questions: How is love commonly misunderstood? What is God’s love like and why is it offensive? And how does all of this relate to the church? In an age of consumerism, individualism, and tribalism, Leeman demonstrates how God showcases his holy love and authority to a watching world through the lives of his people living in true community with one another as the church.

176 pages

View an excerpt here.

“It is not only our society that is confused about what true love is and its proper relationship to authority, but also, sadly, the church. After perceptively diagnosing the condition of our culture, Jonathan Leeman offers a biblically and theologically faithful antidote to the distorted views of love and authority that we too often have embraced. Rightly grounded first in our triune God’s holy love before moving to how love and authority function in the church, this book is a must-read if God’s people are to recapture the beauty and glory of how our local churches ought to reflect God’s love and authority before a watching world. My prayer and hope is that this book will be not only carefully read but also put into practice in our daily lives for the health of the church and the glory of our triune God.”

Stephen J. Wellum, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, God the Son IncarnateKingdom through Covenant; and Christ from Beginning to End

Table of Contents:

Series Preface
Introduction: When Love Is God

  1. Love in the Culture
  2. Love among the Theologians 
  3. God’s Love for God—Part 1
  4. God’s Love for God—Part 2 
  5. God’s Love for Sinners
  6. Love and Judgment
  7. Love and Authority

General Index
Scripture Index

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