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Deacons and the Church

By Owen F. Cummings
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  • Publisher : Paulist Press
  • Isbn : 9780809142422
  • Pages : 143
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"Deacons and the Church presents a popular narrative history of the Order of the Diaconate in the Catholic Church from its dawn on the biblical scene in the Acts of the Apostles (with Saints Stephen and Philip), through the "golden age" of deacons in the fifth century. With the emergence of the "cultic priesthood," the diaconate as a unique and discrete member of the clergy declined into a transitional role - but never disappeared. Indeed, Dr. Cummings points out that the most popular saint (after Mary), Francis of Assisi, was a deacon - as were Saints Lawrence and Ephrem, all of whom are offered here as models of "Deacons for Deacons."" "The Second Vatican Council restored the Order of Deacon to a "full and permanent" membership in the clergy, along with priests and bishops. Now thirty thousand deacons serve the Church throughout the world and remain the fastest-growing clerical rank within the Latin Church. Deacon Cummings reflects on how this surge in the membership of the Order of Deacons will affect the Church in the years to come."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The design which I have formed to myself, is to give such a methodical account of the Antiquities of the Christian Church, as others have done of the Greek, and Roman, and Jewish antiquities; not by writing an historical or continued chronological account of all transactions as they happened in the church, . . . by by reducing the ancient customs, usages, and practices of the church under certain proper heads, whereby the reader may take a view at once of any particular usage or custom of Christians, for four or five of the first centuries, to which I have generally confined my inquiries in this discourse. Ðfrom the Preface

What Is a Healthy Church?

By Mark Dever
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  • Publisher : Crossway
  • Isbn : 1433520648
  • Pages : 128
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 757
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Book Summary:

What is an ideal church, and how can you tell? How does it look different from other churches? More importantly, how does it act differently, especially in society? Many of us aren't sure how to answer those questions, even though we probably have some preconceived idea. But with this book, you don't have to wonder any more. Author Mark Dever seeks to help believers recognize the key characteristics of a healthy church: expositional preaching, biblical theology, and a right understanding of the gospel. Dever then calls us to develop those characteristics in our own churches. By following the example of New Testament authors and addressing church members from pastors to pew sitters, Dever challenges all believers to do their part in maintaining the local church. What Is a Healthy Church? offers timeless truths and practical principles to help each of us fulfill our God-given roles in the body of Christ.

Evangelism

By J. Mack Stiles
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  • Publisher : Crossway
  • Isbn : 1433544687
  • Pages : 128
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 400
  • File Pdf: evangelism.pdf

Book Summary:

Christians often struggle to know where to start when it comes to telling others about God, Jesus, sin, and salvation. In this short book, J. Mack Stiles challenges us to view evangelism as something we do together instead of something we do alone, helping churches cultivate a culture of evangelism that goes beyond simply creating new programs or adopting the latest method. The seventh volume in the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series, this book will help Christians joyfully embrace evangelism as a way of life as it equips them to share their faith with those who don’t yet know Jesus. Part of the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series.

The Deacons Must Get Paid

By Phillip Bryant
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  • Publisher : Page Publishing Inc
  • Isbn : 168348472X
  • Pages : 64
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 631
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Book Summary:

He read and studied the Holy Bible, and he used to think that other ministers and deacons did the same thing, read and study. He has found that people, the ones in the Christian faith, go on and live on what they hear others say. Their whole believe system is based on what somebody else says. There are some that read the Holy Bible and cannot get an understanding of what they are reading. Some read just to prove a point and some just to point a finger. Everything that people need to live by is in the Holy Bible. It gives exact meaning on how we are to live. When there is not an exact meaning, there is always an example to follow. Too many of the pastors do not know where to start to teach the people. For close to two thousand years, the believers have been in a New Testament church. It would behoove every member in the church to learn and know what is in The New Testament and learn the New Testament first, get the knowledge and understanding of who Jesus the Christ is; and in all honesty, try and live a life to show that He lives in the person. We in the church, do have a doctrine to live by from God. To many churches make-up their own doctrine and by-laws, and sooner or later, they are going to fall apart. What we all are suppose to know is that, The Word of God lasts forever. His prayer and desire is for all to get the knowledge and understanding and try real hard to live by the Holy Word of God.