“What an awesome place this is! This is nothing else than the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!” Jacob’s words, spoken in the cool stillness of a Bethel morning convey the patriarch’s wonder at the realisation that he had spent a night in the presence of God. It is a central conviction of this book that his words apply with equal force to the “house of God” in this dispensation – “which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). This book provides a careful, contextual examination of the key passages of Scripture that outline the purpose, pattern, and practice of a New Testament assembly. It demonstrates from Scripture that the assembly belongs to God and is for God, and emphasises its unique significance. It considers a range of important subjects, including the Lord’s Supper, headship, the exercise of gift and the earning of reward, and rule in the assembly. The book provides a lucid overview of a subject that must be of vital importance for every believer who wants to be where the Lord is.
Mark Sweetnam is in fellowship in the assembly at Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of a number of books including Sanctify Them Through Thy Truth: God’s Word in Human History (published by John Ritchie), The Dispensations: God’s Plan for the Ages, and Worship: The Christian’s Highest Calling (both published by Scripture Teaching Library).