How Jesus Runs the Church
Waters, Guy Prentiss
“For much of the contemporary evangelical world, the idea that our Lord established a visible church is either unknown or dismissed. Those of us, however, who continue to believe that when Jesus said “tell it to the church” he envisioned and intended the establishment of an organized institution will thank Dr. Waters for this thoughtful work.”See All
R. Scott Clark
Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
“In the nineteenth century practically every professor at a Presbyterian seminary wrote about pastoral theology and ecclesiology. Why seminary faculty no longer do so is a mystery but Guy Waters has attempted a remedy to this conundrum by drawing on the wealth of material that Presbyterian theologians crafted for the sake of their communions. They were not simply arguing for the importance of Presbyterian polity but were also looking to Scripture for instruction on how Christ wanted his church ordered. This is a timely book that should be read by all officers in the church (and those who aspire to office). It may even launch a twenty-first century recovery of the ecclesiology that Presbyterians defended and maintained as part of their effort to build churches that are Reformed according to the Word.”See All
D. G. Hart
Visiting Professor of History, Hillsdale College
“One of the Reformed community's finest contemporary biblical scholars. . . . I heartily recommend this book and hope that for many years it will strengthen our understanding and practice of biblical church government.”See All
Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, Westminster Seminary California
“A compelling reminder that the health of the church is inescapably tied to its polity, and that submission to biblical church government is essential to the rightly ordered Christian life.”See All
Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
The government of the church is a visible expression of Jesus' reign. The church has been given responsibilities and privileges in scripture. How Jesus Runs the Church explores these.
Few books on church leadership explore the biblical foundations of church government. This one does—providing pastors, elders, students, and laypeople with a greater understanding of what the church is and how it should be governed.
Waters also examines the offices that Jesus has appointed in the church and investigates how elders in particular are to serve her.