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Who Needs the Church?Why We Need the Church (and Why the Church Needs Us)

Who Needs the Church?

Why We Need the Church (and Why the Church Needs Us)

Terry L. Johnson
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A thought–provoking introduction to the importance of the local church

It seems that increasing numbers of professing Christians in the West do not attend church. Church, to many, has become a place to go when it is convenient, to have one’s needs met. Terry L. Johnson asks whether our individualistic, dismissive attitude to the gathering of the local church can be squared with that of the New Testament.

Examining what the Bible has to say about the church, Johnson shows why the local body of believers is an essential part of the life of every believer – and the role that each individual believer plays in the life of the church. This thought–provoking, challenging book will benefit every believer.


I.          Introduction

            1.         Our Collapsing Ecclesiology                                                            

II.         What Scripture teaches

            2.         Jesus and the Church 

            3.         Keys of the Kingdom

            4.         Where Jesus is

            5.         The Good Shepherd and the Sheep

            6.         The Apostles and the Church

            7.         One Anothers and Community

            8.         Life Together

            9.         Covenantal Priority

III.       Clarifying Perspectives

            10.       Definitional Confusion

            11.       Visible or Invisible?

            12.       Hypocrites at Church

            13.       Denominationalism

            14.       Parachurch or Quasi–church?

IV.       Historic Perspectives                                                                                     

            15.       Mother Church

            16.       Body and Bride

            17.       Slighting the Church

            18.       Sola Ecclesia:A Sixth Sola? 


Terry L. Johnson

About Terry L. Johnson

Terry Johnson is the senior minister of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia, which he has served since 1987.


  • Author: Terry L. Johnson
  • Release Date: May 2022
  • Pages: 128
  • Format: Trade hardback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527108356
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Church > Christian Church > Christian Church General


In this short, thoroughly biblical and practical work, Dr. Johnson sets for the case in a manner that is convincing and convicting (in the best sense). His suggestion of the norm of local church membership as Sixth Sola is hard to refute, after reading this work—unless one elevates individualism over discipleship.

David W. Hall, Senior Minister, Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, Georgia

… a compelling and exciting vision for the local church, for your local congregation. If you’re feeling sceptical and jaded about the church then this book will renew your enthusiasm. It will help you to see afresh that the ‘ordinary’ life of an ‘ordinary’ church is actual something extraordinary, filled with Christ’s supernatural presence and power.

Tim Chester, Author and senior faculty member, Crosslands Training
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