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Ecclesiology : What is the nature and authority of The Church?

The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God is preached, and the sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ's ordinance in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.  Article 19

The true Church is an universal congregation or fellowship of God’s faithful and elect people, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head corner stone (Ephesians 2.20). And it hath always three notes or marks whereby it is known. Pure and sound doctrine, the Sacraments ministered according to Christ’s holy institution, and the right use of Ecclesiastical discipline. This description of the Church is agreeable both to the Scriptures of God, and also to the doctrine of the ancient fathers, so that none may justly find fault therewith. Homily 28 (On the Holy Spirit)

 

The Characteristics of a Reformed Church


Various Church Society articles

Reforming the Church. The steps we must take if we are to see a truly reformed national Church. (Cross†Way article)

Towards an Evangelical Ecclesiology (Part One). Churchman article (1991) by Melvin Tinker.

Towards an Evangelical Ecclesiology (Part Two). Churchman article (1991) by Melvin Tinker.

Eschatology: A Reformed Understanding of the Church. Churchman article (1989) by Donald Allister.

The Bible and the Church. Churchman article by Wallace Benn.

The Bible and the Church. Church Association Tract 234 by Ven. Archdeacon Taylor.

The Holy Spirit and the Local Congregation. 1964 Churchman article by
J. I. Packer.

The Centrality of the Cross. Cross†Way article - David Samuel looks at the nature of the Great Commission.

The Church of England is Protestant. A Historical Testimony.

Church Association Tract from 1870s by I P Fleming.

What is the Locus of the Church? Heaven or earth? Churchman article by David Peterson

How many marks does the Church have? This article is concerned particularly with the necessity of discipline within the Church.

Recent Directions in Anglican Ecclesiology (Churchman Article) Martin Foord examines the different opinions held regarding the relationship of the local Church to the universal Church and its relationship with Christ

A further article looks at the necessary boundaries for the Church

Refining the Reformers: a Theological Response to the 'Anglican Understanding of Church.'  Churchman Article by Melvin Tinker

Of Faithful Men: Edward Malcolm examines how the spiritual state of the laity determine the leadership of the Church of England. (Churchman article)

Discipline in the Local Church - how discipline should be administered in the local church. Cross†Way article.

The Word and Discipline in the Church. Churchman article (1989) by Hugh Craig.

The Authority of Apostles. Churchman article by Mike Ovey.


How far did the early Christians worship God? Churchman article by I. Howard Marshall.

The Antioch Dimension - Why did the followers of Jesus Christ became known as ‘Christians’? Cross†Way article by David Hilton.

Celebrating the Resurrection: A Theological Account of Our Common Worship. Churchman article (2008) by James Palmer.

Richard Hooker - Reformed Theologian of the English Church. Cross†Way article by Nigel Atkinson.

Richard Hooker - Evangelical Theologian of the English Church.

Cross†Way article by Nigel Atkinson.

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