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The Church

One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback
Availability: Out of stock
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780875526140
Publication Date 03/30/04


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To love Christ is to love his church. So say the authors of this fresh look at four defining characteristics of the church. Though many people see the church as unimportant—even a hindrance to spirituality—this book reminds us that “the church is God’s gift to his children for provision, protection, and growth. The church is the vessel for the display of God’s glory” throughout the earth.

What do we mean when we say that the church is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic”? Three emerging Reformed leaders, two Presbyterian and one Baptist, examine the church through the lens of that confession from the Nicene Creed. Their desire is that we may love Christ more by loving his church, serve him better by serving his body, and realize more fully our union with him through fellowship with his people.


"Here is a book by three pastor-theologians, all honest-to-God evangelicals, about the four Nicene attributes of the church—its unity, purity, catholicity, and apostolic identity. I hope this book will signal a new turn away from the kind of low, functionalist ‘how-to’ ecclesiology that so damages the church’s witness and dishonors her Lord."

—Timothy George


The Authors

Richard D. Phillips

Richard D. Phillips

Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.

Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.