Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ's Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church

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byJohn H. Armstrong

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“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” Too often, these words of Jesus from John 17:20-21 seem like an unreachable ideal. But in Your Church Is Too Small, John Armstrong shows that Jesus’ vision of Christian unity is for all God’s people across social, cultural, racial, and denominational lines. “With attention to his own pilgrimage and growth in ecclesial awareness, John Armstrong explores here the evangelical heart and ecumenical breadth of churchly Christianity. I am encouraged by his explorations and commend this study to all believers who pray and labor for the unity for which our Savior prayed.” – Timothy George, senior editor, Christianity Today. “Dr. Armstrong’s irenic approach should make it easy for Christians—whether Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant—to engage the challenging thesis of the book, while recognizing that there remain points of doctrine between them which will require further clarification. Anyone concerned about either evangelism or Christian unity should read this book, and take seriously its call for both mission and ecumenism.” – Fr. Thomas A. Baima, Provost, University of Saint Mary of the Lake John Armstrong is one of those Evangelical theologians—may their tribe increase and the valley abound with their tents—who know that full obedience to Christ embraces the historical transmission through which we know him. This book refuses to scale down the bearer of that tradition—the historical church, that is—or reduce the authority of its voice. – Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, senior editor, Touchstone “It's a must for anyone who has grown weary with Christian divisiveness and schism and longs to discover ways of strengthening the bonds that unite us in the Spirit of Christ.” – Chuck Colson

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“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” Too often, these words of Jesus from John 17:20-21 seem like an unreachable ideal. But in Your Church Is Too Small, John Armstrong shows that Jesus’ vision of Christian unity is for all God’s...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 23, 2010Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310321166

ISBN - 13:9780310321163

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from For Christians willing to think big about unity It is our view of 'The Church' that is too small. We have focused on the correctness of our own theological camp to such an extent that other followers of Jesus are explained away as having doctrinal error and possibly not being true disciples. The Christian Church globally throughout history divides into 3 main arteries-- Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. All originated from the Early Church described in Acts and the early church Fathers. John H. Armstrong presents a refreshing look at Jesus' prayer for unity found in John Chapter 17. What is this unity and how is it to exist in the world today? Much of the rhetoric and propaganda that has separated Christians is explored in light of the clear teachings of the New Testament. This book is a voice of clarity in discerning the ancient-future connectedness of Christ's followers through time and creed. You cannot read this book without having your own separatist ideas brought into question. On a personal level I am prayerfully thinking about how to lead others in efforts that fulfill Jesus' prayer for unity. John H. Armstrong is president of Act 3 in Carol Stream, Illinois, and served as a pastor for more than twenty years. He is an adjunct professor of evangelism at Wheaton College Graduate School. Check him online at www.Act3online.com .
Date published: 2010-10-19