Being a Christian is not an individualistic or isolated activity. Believing also involves belonging. Being a Christian, by definition, involves belonging to the church.
This is not a book full of ideas about how your church ought to change or what it needs to do in order to grow or to be successful. Rather it is about how we fit into our own church. There are hallmarks of church life that should be stamped on all our churches because they are applicable everywhere and anywhere — New Testament values for any size of church, in any part of the world, at any time.
Devoted to God’s Church will serve to help new Christians understand what it is to be part of a church, and will also be a refreshing reminder to every Christian of what it should look like to belong to the family of God.
Paperback, 200 pages
Publication Date: August 2020
Table of Contents
1. Family Life OR What Is a Church?
2. What Is Your Story? OR Are You a Christian
3. Follow My Leader OR Being a Disciple
4. A Glorious Addiction OR What Is a Member?
5. Have You Ever Arrived at Church? OR Worship
6. Are You Hearing Me? OR The Bible
7. Does It Help to Know Some Latin? OR Christian Baptism
8. ‘The Christian’s Native Air’ OR Prayer
9. The View from the Foot OR Christian Service
10. Is There Anything Special for Supper? OR Communion
11. Home and Away OR Christian Witness and World Mission
‘Many people “go to church.” Sinclair Ferguson, with his typical gentleness and wisdom, teaches us how to ‘be the church’ as Christ defines it. This simple, clear, and moving book will be great help for people interested in learning more about becoming members of a church. It is also a good tool for those who wish to inject fresh zeal and joy into the membership they already possess.’ — Joel Beeke
This excellent book is for pastors, believers and enquirers. For enquirers, to discover what God’s Church here on earth is to be; for believers, to know what they are to be; and for pastors, to be clear what they are to personally exemplify and encourage those they serve to be. A MUST read for all of us.
— George Curry
Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson held the position of the Charles Krahe chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and served as pastor to congregations in both Scotland and in the United States. A well-published author with a deep understanding of Scripture, Sinclair Ferguson books range from Child in the Manger, where Ferguson shares the true meaning of Christmas with impeccable scholarship and worshipful adoration, to From the Mouth of God, where he helps readers to trust, read and apply the lessons of the Bible as he answers questions Christians often wonder about. Sinclair Ferguson’s Sermon on the Mount has been called the “perfect blend of scholarship and inspiration…a truly valuable book” by Book Journal, while Devoted to God has been labeled as “brilliant,” one “fit to enter the rare company of the Christian classics.” Ferguson himself described material found in Devoted to God as “blueprints for sanctification.”