The Church – Is Not What You Think
1. THE DEFINITION OF THE CHURCH
Meaning of the church
The facts about Universal and Local Church.
2. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF CHRISTIAN AND NON-CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Characteristics of Christian Church
Characteristics of Non – Christian Church
The use of anointing oil and incense.
3. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
The meaning of Church membership
Conditions for Church membership
The meaning of local church membership
The importance of active participation in the local church
4. CHURCH MANAGEMENT/GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
General definitions of management and administration
What is leadership?
Relations to the Church
The aims/purposes of management in Christian organization
The biblical pattern of management
5. CHURCH DISCIPLINE
The principle of discipline
The pattern and basis for discipline
The purpose of discipline
A church that fails to exercise discipline experiences some losses
The practice of church discipline
Procedures for church discipline
Procedures for restoration
6. CHURCH DOCTRINE
What are doctrines and where do they come from?
Things that differentiate true Christian churches
Differences that don’t matter
Differences that enrich the total body of Christ
The five fold doctrines: (The trinity; The person of Jesus Christ; The second coming; Salvation; Scripture)
7. CHURCH GROWTH
Definition of church growth
How the Holy Spirit cause the church to grow
The principles of church growth
8. CHURCH CONFLICT AND RESOLUTION
The meaning of conflict
Church problems in the New Testament
Church problems today
The anatomy of church conflict
What can be done to prevent church conflict?
9. THE CHURCH AND THE SOCIETY
The meaning of Christian responsibility
The church as apostle, pastor, and pioneer
The core principles of Christian community development
10. IS HEAVEN AND HELL REAL?
Definition of Heaven and Hell
Revelation by the seven Columbian youth
The Kingdom of Heaven and Hell and the return of Christ revelation by Angelica Zambrano
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Kingdom of Heaven
The rapture and Tribulation
The Lord’s urgent message
11. THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST
FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
GLOSSARY / DEFINITION OF TERMS
Author Maxwell Kobina Acquah's book THE CHURCH is a well written piece. In his writing he breaks down the meaning of the word, "Church" and goes on to explain what the Bible says about the true meaning of the word.
Even though he quotes Bible passages, he is great at breaking down the terminology into layman's terms. A line that the author wrote instills my faith in myself and my religion. His words, "To find a good Church, look for where the Bible is preached as the word of God and believe in the deity of Jesus Christ."
Maxwell K. Acquah is a gifted author as shown in the writing of this book. He does an excellent job in explaining in detail what the true "Church" must believe in to exist. He also explains the unhealthy characteristics of a false church and false doctrine. He is very thorough in his research and beliefs.
He goes on to explain the meaning and the commitment of local church membership and the physical participation with fellow church members.
In chapter four he continues to bring to light the church management and governing administration of the Church. His explanation and purpose of church discipline is very thorough and made easy to understand. With the help of scripture the author is able to put into layman's terms how to practice Church Discipline as well as to learn the procedures for Church Discipline.
The author brings to light the thought of the true Christian and how he/she differs from the different religions and what will unite the true Ch