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.
Table of Contents
Family Life or What Is a Church?
What Is Your Story or Are You a Christian?
Follow My leader or Being a Disciple
A Glorious Addiction or What Is a Member?
Have You Ever Arrived at Church? or Worship
Are You Hearing Me? or the Bible
Does It Help to Know Some Latin? or Christian Baptism
'The Christian's Native Air' or Prayer
The View from the Foot or Christian Service
Is There Anything Special for Supper? or Communion
Home and Way or Christian witness and World Mission
About the Author
Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson retired in 2013 as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and returned to his native Scotland. Prior to this he held the Charles Krahe chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and served Church of Scotland congregations in Unst (Shetland) and Glasgow (St George’s Tron). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen (1971).
Dr Ferguson has authored several books published by the Trust, of which he is a trustee, and a former editor. He retains his position as Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas, and serves as a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He continues to preach God’s Word in churches and at conferences.
Sinclair and his wife Dorothy have three sons, a daughter, three grandsons, and three granddaughters.