Based on extensive research, senior church planting authority George Lings argues that the church has a divine calling and capacity to reproduce, albeit in ways that are intentionally non-identical. Using the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as key passages throughout scripture, he shows how such reproduction fulfills the mission of God. The book also includes many practical examples drawn from church history, to help apply the message to congregations today.
- Introduction: why this book?
- 1 Different lenses, different views of the Church
- 2 Creation and covenant's mandate to reproduce
- 3 The reproductive strand in the kingdom and the Gospels
- 4 The Trinity and the Church seen as community-in-mission
- 5 Looking to Jesus the pioneer
- 6 Following Jesus in dying to live
- 7 The Holy Spirit and the surprises in reproduction
- 8 Christendom's eclipse of a reproducing Church
- 9 Reproduction and the classic 'four marks' of the Church
- 10 The useful outworking of the reproductive strand
- 11 Rehabilitating the Church