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The Good Portion – the Church

Delighting in the Doctrine of the Church

Erin Wheeler
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What is the Church? Why does it need to exist, and why is it so important? In this important addition to the Good Portion series, Erin Wheeler unpacks what the Bible says about the Church and invites us to see the beauty of the Bride of Christ. She begins by ensuring that we understand what the Church is before turning our attention to the specific things that churches do.


This book not only ensures that our minds and hearts are filled with correct doctrine, but encourages us to take steps towards putting our understanding into practice.




Series Preface

Introduction: It Doesn’t Matter Until It Does

Part One: What Is the Church?

  1. God’s Idea: His Plan and Purpose for the Church
  2. A Roaring Fire: The Importance and Privilege of Church Membership
  3. A Gathering That Glorifies God: The Mission of the Church

Part Two: What Does the Church Look Like?

  1. A Devotion to the Word: Preaching, Teaching, Reading, Singing, Praying
  2. A Visible Picture of the Invisible: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  3. A Pursuit of Holiness: Church Unity and Discipline
  4. A Flock with a Job to Do: Congregationalism, Elders, and Deacons
  5. A Different Kind of Community: Life with One Another

Conclusion: A Heavenly Gathering

Selected Bibliography

Scripture Index

Erin Wheeler

About Erin Wheeler

Erin is married to Brad, the lead pastor at University Baptist Church, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have four teenagers. She works part time as a labor and delivery RN, retreat speaker, occasional writer for TGC and 9Marks. Erin loves discipling, teaching women how to study their Bible, and everything outdoors.


  • Author: Erin Wheeler
  • Release Date: March 2022
  • Pages: 240
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527108349
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Ministry & Evangelism > Pastoral Resources
  • Series: The Good Portion


Wheeler is an engaging writer and a solid theologian whose own love for Christ’s bride shines on every page. If you are a woman looking to understand God’s design for the church, this book will be an invaluable resource. 

Megan Hill, Author of ‘Contentment’ and ‘Praying Together’; Editor, The Gospel Coalition & mother of four (by birth and adoption)

How many times have we, as Christian mothers, called to our children to get ready for church? How many times have we been met with a resounding groan? Honestly, my kids aren’t alone in complaining. I, too, need to be reoriented and reminded that God is at the center of the church, not me. Erin compellingly shows us from God’s Word (which is our very life) what it means to be the blood–bought, chosen, treasured, covenant people of God and how the gospel truly is ‘church–shaped.’ The doctrine of the church gets to the very heart of God. Read this book with sisters in your local church and grow together in your love for Jesus and His beloved bride.

Bev Berrus, Writer and Speaker
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