Hitting the Marks: Restoring the Essential Identity of the Church
Many lament the state of the church today. Pragmatic, gimmicky ministry approaches. Consumeristic church growth models. Pablum preaching and teaching. The list of critiques goes on and on.
Fewer offer a proactive description of what the church should look like, its core identity as revealed in Scripture. Thankfully, Barry York is one of them. His recent book, Hitting the Marks: Restoring the Essential Unity of the Church, surveys Scripture to outline the essential marks of the true church. Over thirteen chapters, he describes the foundational work of Jesus Christ, the church governance he established, the faithful ministry of Word and sacrament he commands, the exercise of church discipline he oversees and confirms, and more.
For pastors, church leaders, and even curious members, York provides not only powerful corrective but also comfort. Despite all of our failings and folly, Christ will build his church.