The Church: Her Nature, Authority, Purpose, and Worship
Originally published as The Church, Why Bother? by Jeffrey D. Johnson.
This new version contains an expansion on the nature and purpose of the church--bringing greater clarity of what the church is and what the church is called to do. Contained in this revised version is additional material on the necessity of church membership, along with a detailed explanation of the duties and responsibilities of church members.
“This excellent book shines the clear light of Scripture on those and many other questions. Since Christ loved the church enough to die for her, every believer ought to share that passion. Jeffrey Johnson clearly does, and I believe you will find his enthusiasm contagious.” — John MacArthur
“Jeffrey Johnson has not only correctly diagnosed what ails the contemporary evangelical church but he has also prescribed the proper cure—a sincere and persistent adherence to the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. This concise yet thorough work should be required reading for every pastor, congregation, and aspirant to the ministry.” — Paul Washer
“Like a carpenter refinishing a classic piece of furniture, Jeffrey Johnson strips away layers of human tradition and worldly-wise philosophy to restore our view of the church to its biblical simplicity.” — Joel R. Beeke
"In a day where many worship at the altar of pragmatism, the church is in dire need of a biblical view of herself and her purpose. Pastor Jeffrey Johnson offers a concise, sobering, and eye-opening message for a generation in need of ecclesiological reformation." —Voddie Baucham Jr.
"Jeffrey Johnson has written a book on the church that is short enough to read right now, clear enough to be understood, and important enough to help many of us follow Jesus Christ as He intended—as members of His church. Why not read it now?" —Mark Dever
Jeffrey D. Johnson is the founding pastor of Grace Bible Church and President of Grace Bible Theological Seminary in Conway, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife, Letha, and their four children. He is the author of several books, including The Church, The Kingdom of God, The Absurdity of Unbelief, The Pursuit of Glory, and The Sovereignty of God.