Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears have written a follow-up to Vintage Jesus which is fittingly called Vintage Church. Much like’s its predecessor, Vintage Church is an informative book on the doctrine of the church. I believe this book will appeal to anyone looking to find insights and practical help for understanding what the Bible has to say about church. In fact, church leaders will want to utilize Vintage Church as a great resource for their congregation.
The format for Vintage Church follows the same as Vintage Jesus with each chapter handled by Driscoll covering important aspects of the biblical church followed by questions and answers managed by Breshears. The different chapters address various elements of the church including: “What is a Christian Church?,” “Why is Preaching Important?,” “What are Baptism and Communion?,” “What is Church Discipline?,” “What is a Missional Church?,” “How Could the Church Help Transform the World?” and several others.
Driscoll has a very clear and readable style to his writing. His use of personal illustrations is usually humorous if not poignant. I found his chapters on preaching and church discipline to be incredibly important – especially for church leaders. Not only does Driscoll cover each subject from a solid, biblical, and theological perspective, but several of the chapters are quite practical. Such chapters include: “What is a Multi-campus Church?,” How Can a Church Utilize Technology?,” and “How Is Love Expressed in a Church?” Breshears also deals with the question and answers section with great clarity and thoughtfulness.
Of course, a book like this is not without controversy. Driscoll has some strong opinions practically and theologically about church. He addresses differing views on baptism, communion, polity, etc. with fairness and tact. Yet, those with differing views will obviously not like his conclusions. I happen to agree with most of his conclusions and believe he handles each with a solid, biblical, and theological perspective. Nonetheless, despite your disagreements with some of his conclusions, anyone could benefit and learn from Vintage Church. I recommend this book and see it to be a good resource for any seeking greater clarity on what the Bible says about church – from church leadership to new believers and any in between. – Todd Burgett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Defines a biblical church as one that properly balances the eternal truths of Scripture with timely, relevant methods designed to engage the culture.
The book in the popular Re:Lit series picks up where Vintage Jesus leaves off, beginning with a focus on the person and work of Jesus and then exploring the confessional, experiential, and missional aspects of his church. This study grows out of the vintage concept of taking timeless truths from Scripture—truths about church leadership, preaching, baptism, communion, and more—and blending them with aspects of contemporary culture, such as multi-campus churches and the latest forms of technology, to reach people with the gospel.
While Vintage Church is helpful for pastors and church leaders, it is the kind of book you could hand to someone who has questions about ecclesiology but finds the very term ecclesiology intimidating. The authors put forth twelve practical questions about church doctrine and answer them in clear, biblical language that lay people and new believers can understand.