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By His Spirit and Word By His Spirit and Word

How Christ Builds His Church

by Venema, Dr. Cornel

The author’s analysis of the Reformed confessional teaching on the means of grace encourages readers to examine the confessions for themselves. His careful study, especially his synthetic analysis of the confessions’ teaching on these topics, offers a helpful corrective to the current anemia afflicting many churches today. Endorsement: “The biggest weakness in present-day Reformed thinking might just be in ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church). As a pastor, I’m especially glad to see this problem remedied in the best ways. By focusing on the ordinary means of grace—Word and sacrament—Dr. Venema has written an excellent book on the Reformed approach to true church growth. As his careful attention to Reformed confessions shows, he stands in very good company in addressing the needs of the church. A book that all can enjoy, especially pastors.” - Mark Jones, minister, Faith Vancouver PCA; “In a church world where the pressures of pragmatism and of losing ground to the rising tide of secularism, alternative religions, and sheer entertainment is almost overwhelming, what should the church look like, and how will she faithfully disciple God’s people? Dr. Venema’s unequivocally biblical and confessional answer is by the ordinary means of grace: the Word read and preached and the sacraments duly administered. This is a book that will help bring clarity to those confused by the current climate and encouragement to those tempted to doubt that the ordinary means are sufficient for God’s people. A book I will be giving to the congregation of the church where I worship.” - Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. “A confessional heritage that ceases to be a living expression of faith is stale and unedifying—at best it’s a ‘paper faith.’ However, to expound and apply that heritage, as Dr. Cornelis Venema does here in this volume, transforms a ‘paper faith’ into a living witness that addresses current challenges and opportunities. Indeed, Venema’s analysis of the Reformed confessional teaching on the means of grace encourages readers to examine the confessions for themselves. His careful study, especially his synthetic analysis of the confessions’ teaching on these topics, offers a helpful corrective to the current anemia afflicting many churches today.”

Paperback, 208 pages, notes, bibliography

USD 16.95 / CAD 12.95

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