Church of Christ: A Treatise on the Christian Church – Bannerman
Welcome to the Still Waters Revival Books video book summary for “The Church of Christ: A Treatise on the Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, and Government of the Christian Church” (2 Volume Set, 1869) by James Bannerman
Two large volumes. A classic on the Church and worship! This is one of the most extensive studies of its kind ever compiled. Nothing compares to it on this subject. Regarding these gems, Iain Murray has stated,
“In our day, however greatly we need an evangelical revival, we need more than that. We need another Reformation, a movement which will go ‘to the root of the mischief’ and bring back the visible church to the pattern of God’s Word in her government, ordinances and ministry. The republication of Bannerman is a step in that direction… For those who wish to study the doctrine of the Church in its several aspects as it was held by the majority of the Reformers, Puritans, Covenanters and leaders of ‘The Third Reformation,’ it will prove an invaluable textbook.”
Volume one deals with the nature and power of the church, containing a lengthy explanation of the Church in its relation to the state (which is one of the best treatments of this topic to be found anywhere!). From there it deals with matters in regard to which church power is exercised (i.e. in regard to doctrine, ordinances, the instrumentality and time of public worship — with a discussion of holy days, Independency, and confessions). Volume two continues where volume one left off, providing a lengthy section on the sacraments, covering the parties in whom the right to exercise church power is vested, examining crucial points concerning Christian liberty, comparing the Popish, Prelatic, Independent, Congregational and Presbyterian systems, etc. Nine appendices deal with a wide range of practical topics including union between churches, church/state relations, ordination, and valuable notes on the literature related to this subject. If you are interested in Church issues, it is not likely that you will find a better set.
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