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The Body of Christ: A Biblical Understanding of the Church
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The Body of Christ: A Biblical Understanding of the Church


Review & Herald 2009

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Reinder Bruinsma begins his book on the church with this clear, straightforward definition: the church is the body of Christ—God’s people. Bruinsma believes this doctrine has not been adequately wrestled with today. His readable and informative treatment of this vital topic fills a vital gap in Adventist literature. His far-ranging look at the doctrine of the church moves from Old and New Testament foundations up through church government and controversial issues such as ordination and church discipline. In his conclusion, Bruinsma outlines the mission and future of the church. His fourfold approach ensure that every facet of the doctrine is explored in detail. This thought-provoking discussion challenges those who call themselves God’s people to examine their current understanding of the church and to prayerfully consider their roles as part of the body of Christ.

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Key Features

  • Studies the doctrine of the church as the people of God
  • Analyzes the biblical roots of the church in the Old and New Testaments
  • Addresses controversial issues in church government, such as ordination and discipline


  • Is the Church about to Disappear?
  • Biblical Foundations: The Old Testament Roots
  • Biblical Foundations: The Earliest Beginnings of the Christian Church
  • Biblical Foundations: Themes and Metaphors
  • The “Marks” of the Church
  • The Spirit in the Church
  • The Government of the Church
  • Ordination
  • The Doctrine of the Church in History
  • One Church for All?
  • The Church and Social Justice
  • The Mission of the Church
  • The Future of the Church

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About Reinder Bruinsma

Reinder Bruinsma is a longtime pastor and church administrator. He earned his PhD in church history from the University of London.

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