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Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Church in Our Highly Politicized Age
The goal of the church should be simple—share the gospel to the ends of the earth. But in our highly politicized age, Christians can tend to place earthly political and social agendas over God’s spiritual mission of the church.
InEmpowered Witness, author Alan D. Strange examines the doctrine of the spirituality of the church, making a clear distinction between the functions of the church and other institutions. Strange argues that if the church continues to push political agendas, no institution will be focused solely on the Great Commission and the gospel will be lost entirely. This book calls readers to become aware of the church’s power and limits and shed light on moral issues in a way that doesn’t alter the deeply spiritual and gospel-centered mission of the church.
Explores the Spirituality of the Church:An important biblical doctrine developed in the 19th century
Appeals to Thoughtful Laypeople and Church Leaders:Considers the critical distinctions between the church and other institutions
Historical:Examines the purpose of the church throughout history and the development of the spirituality of the church in the 19th century
Foreword by Kevin DeYoung:Author ofJust Do Something;Crazy Busy; andThe Biggest Story
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Preface: The Church’s Spiritual Calling
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Spirituality of the Church Chapter 2: Slavery and the Spirituality of the Church Chapter 3: The Spirituality of the Church Preceding the US Civil War Chapter 4: The Spirituality of the Church and the General Assemblies of 1862–1865 Chapter 5: The Southern Church and the Reunion of the Northern Church Chapter 6: Conclusion toThe Church’s Spiritual Calling