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The Enduring Community:
Embracing the Priority of the Church
Second Edition

By: Brian Habig and Les Newsom

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Paperback / 192 pages

Publisher: Reformed University Press
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978097589888


Publisher's Synopsis

The Enduring Community: Embracing the Priority of the Church is a clarion call for the evangelical Church to return to Christ's foundational roots for it. Those roots are lodged in the Universal Church's and local church's Christ-imaging roles as a prophetic witness, a priestly witness, and a kingly witness. The authors, both PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) ordained pastors and long-time campus ministers, Brian Habig and Les Newsom, assert that when the Church, and local churches, again major on its primary roles, health will be restored and a shine will go forth that is impossible to ignore. Nothing is more important to Christ than his Bride, pure and spotless! This book, now in its second edition, has a proven track record.

The Authors:
Brian Habig, Vanderbilt University. A graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and Mississippi State University, Brian Habig served as a campus minister for Reformed University Fellowship. He is a regular conference speaker in addition to being Senior Pastor at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC.

Les Newsom, University of Mississippi. A native of Memphis, Les Newsom received his Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. His first five years in ministry were spent as the campus minister for RUF at The University of Memphis. He now serves at The University of Mississippi. A regular conference speaker, Les has taught philosophy of ministry classes at Reformed Theological Seminary.

"The Enduring Community succinctly shows that Christians with a church-optional mindset are as vulerable as a chorister without a choir."

Marvin Olasky
Editor, World magazine
Senior Fellow, Acton Institute

"There is no subject more neglected or crucial to the evangelical church today than biblical ecclesiology, that is, the Bible's teaching about the Church. Until we recover the Scriptures' teaching on what it means to be the people of God, and on what God is doing in and through his people, and on how he has organized and provided for his family, and what goal he has in store for them-we will continue to stunt our own witness and miss out on a thousand comforts in the Christian life. Brian Habig and Les Newsom have done us a real favor in tackling this important issue, and in doing so in such an accessible style. My hope is that the people of the evangelical and Reformed churches, not just their ministers and elders, will come to appreciate the critical significance of the church, and what's more, will begin to live the New Testament's description of what it means to be a part of the enduring community. May The Enduring Community contribute to that end. I highly recommend it."

J. Ligon Duncan III, PhD
Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
Adjunct Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary
Council Member, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

About Reformed University Press:
Reformed University Press (RUP) was founded in 2000 by the same three Mississippi Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America that founded the college-based ministry movement, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF).

About Reformed University Fellowship:
RUF now is on more than 60 campuses nationwide from Harvard to the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara. Other Reformed University Fellowship facts:
Now the official college ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America
Thousands of students involved!
More than 15,000 graduates in the marketplace!

Our Comment


Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5
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Rating: 5
Review By: Barlow


Rating: 5
Review By: Glenn Durham
Habig and Newsom have provided an excellent resource for the church. The Enduring Community is accessible to all, yet full of Biblical truth which seems to be accessed by very few. Those who read this book will surely be encouraged to love and value the bride of Christ.


Rating: 5
Review By: C.S. Lewis
Mary Mills Lane from Jackson,Ms called and told me to read this jewel... it has changed my life as I have already started rewriting the Chronicles of Narnia. A Severe Mercy can not even hold a candle to this book!


Rating: 5
Review By: Paul Bankson
Les and Brian have done the Church a great service with this work. I'm very grateful for the clear, straightforward presentation. This is sound Ecclesiology combined with wit and grace. Thanks guys. (I'd give it a 6 if J.I. Packer had written a promo.)


Rating: 2
Review By:
This book should create good discussion about the role of the church (and the individual believer), but it fails to deal with the office of deacon, which is a huge shortcoming for a book on this subject.


Rating: 5
Review By: Neill Bryant
Wonderfully written and greatly needed, this book is written primarily for the students of Reformed University Fellowship to introduce (or reintroduce) them to the doctrine of the Church, as well as what to expect/not expect from the local church. Although written primarily for RUF students, the book will be refreshing and engaging for every Christian. As well as congratulating Brian and Les, my thanks go out to Bebo Elkin (publisher of the book and a model of elder, teacher, and friend) for his years of service to Christ and His Church.


Rating: 5
Review By: Jack Dabney
I am presently using this book as a text for teaching Ecclesiology to Albanian pastors and church leaders (3rd time). Collateral reading from Calvin which is in the Albanian language. Wish I could afford to have The Enduring Community translated and published in the Albanian language. It is perfect for the Albanian situation. The country had 500 years of Islam; 45 years of Communism and 14 years enforced Atheism, where it was a capital crime to have any faith at all. Albania opened again in June 1990, so the church here is still adolescent. Habig & Newsom have done a great service.







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