Dr. Ferguson offers a genuine biblical theology of the church that the pastor, church leader, layperson and student will find informational and useful. He systematically examines the New Testament’s teaching on the existence, meaning and purpose of the church. Carefully grounding ecclesiology in the person and work of Christ, Ferguson unveils a comprehensive model of the church that is both biblically centered and relevant. After emphasizing the value of the Old Testament for the Christian, he presents three important images regarding the nature of the church: the people of God, the body of Christ, and the community of the Spirit. His treatment of sin, the cross, and the human response to God is connected to his idea of ecclesiology. Worship, baptism, gifts, ministry, Christian ethics, discipline and unity are some of the major themes the author addresses. The "Today" in the subtitle does not imply an adapting of biblical ecclesiology to the interests of the present, but is meant to emphasize that biblical ecclesiology is viable today.
A comprehensive yet very detailed study of New Testament ecclesiology. . . . Although particularly appropriate for those who wish to understand the doctrinal emphases of Churches of Christ, this irenic and incisive study will prove beneficial to anyone interested in understanding the teachings of the New Testament regarding the church.
—W.R. Estep, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ferguson has written a thorough, biblically centered, and immensely scholarly textbook on the church that can be used by scholars in the university as well as by ministers and serious students. Without any reservations I recommend The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today.
—Will Ed Warren, Harding University
Everett Ferguson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and served on the faculty of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, beginning in 1962, where he taught church history and Greek. He is now professor emeritus in its College of Biblical Studies and distinguished scholar-in-residence. Although he retired from full-time teaching in 1990 to devote himself to research, he occasionally teaches a few classes at ACU. He is the author of many books, including Backgrounds of Early Christianity.