126 pages, Paperback. Published by Everyday Publications Inc., 310 Killaly St. West, Port Colborne, Ontario, L3K 6A6, Canada. Available in UK from John Ritchie Ltd. Price £5.99. ISBN 978-0-888730-83-1.
This book has been written ‘to encourage new and older believers alike to come to a fresh appreciation of the patterns established by the Lord for His church and how he intended and expects it to function’. In recent years very few books have been written on this most valuable subject which makes this one all the more important. The Publishers state, ‘We believe that the contents are both timely and of significant importance for the Lord’s people today’.
RANDY AMOS is to be praised for his approach to his subject, and with a modern audience in mind. His use of tables, diagrams, illustrations, highlighted boxes and bullets makes this an easy book to follow and understand. Yet, although the presentation may be modern the content is firmly rooted in scriptural principle, ably demonstrated by the many references to appropriate passages. The writer clearly distinguishes between: the church as the body of Christ and in its local expression; the purpose of the assembly as primarily worship rather than witness; and the role and function of males and females within the church. He is clear on the subject of headship and how this should be evidenced in the local assembly. He is equally clear on mutual responsibility within the church and how fellowship should be maintained.
Although I felt that more might have been said on the important work of the deacon, this book is most helpful and should be welcomed for its desire to re-emphasize the distinctive character of New Testament churches in a day when many such features are being forsaken.
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