The New Testament Church: Recapturing the Heart of the New Testament Pattern
The church is God's greatest building project on the earth today.
It is not made of brick and mortar, for "the Most High does not dwell in houses made of hands." Rather, the church is being carefully constructed with living stones, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the very habitation of God! (Eph. 2:22)
Though these "stones" have some pretty rough edges, and though the storms of persecution may beat against her, nothing will stop the Lord Jesus from making His church a true masterpiece. He said, "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
At the project's completion, it will be an object lesson throughout eternity of God's wisdom and grace: "Unto Him by glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
If the Lord Jesus is to be truly glorified by His church here and now, how are His believers to properly function within it? Thankfully, the Lord left us a blueprint, a pattern. It can be found in the... NEW TESTAMENT.
Robert E. Harlow,a long-time commended worker, went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2003, five days short of his 95th birthday. He was co-founder of Emmaus Bible College, now located in Dubuque, Iowa, and founder, along with his wife, Gertrud, of Everyday Publications, Inc., in Port Colborne, ON. Dr. Harlow wrote more than fifty books, including Come and Dine: New Testament Readings for Every Day (1976). His,Can We Know God? (1958) was the first of a series of books he wrote in simple, "Everyday", English. It has sold some 500,000 copies in more than a dozen languages. A native of Toronto, he was also a missionary in the Belgian Congo.