The Church, A Discipleship Manual for the Body of Christ

Randal Amos, Rochester, NY, USA [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

Category: Book Review

Precious Seed

126 pages, Paperback. Published by Everyday Publications Inc., 310 Killaly St. West, Port Colborne, Ontario, L3K 6A6, Canada. Available in UK from John Ritchie Ltd. Price £5.99. ISBN 978-0-888730-83-1.

This book has been written ‘to encourage new and older believers alike to come to a fresh appreciation of the patterns established by the Lord for His church and how he intended and expects it to function’. In recent years very few books have been written on this most valuable subject which makes this one all the more important. The Publishers state, ‘We believe that the contents are both timely and of significant importance for the Lord’s people today’.

RANDY AMOS is to be praised for his approach to his subject, and with a modern audience in mind. His use of tables, diagrams, illustrations, highlighted boxes and bullets makes this an easy book to follow and understand. Yet, although the presentation may be modern the content is firmly rooted in scriptural principle, ably demonstrated by the many references to appropriate passages. The writer clearly distinguishes between: the church as the body of Christ and in its local expression; the purpose of the assembly as primarily worship rather than witness; and the role and function of males and females within the church. He is clear on the subject of headship and how this should be evidenced in the local assembly. He is equally clear on mutual responsibility within the church and how fellowship should be maintained.

Although I felt that more might have been said on the important work of the deacon, this book is most helpful and should be welcomed for its desire to re-emphasize the distinctive character of New Testament churches in a day when many such features are being forsaken.

AUTHOR PROFILE: He is a full time worker commended by Linwood Gospel Chapel and Northgate Bible Chapel and is in fellowship in the assembly at Rochester, New York. His ministry is greatly appreciated throughout N. America and he has also ministered in N. Ireland.

There are 33 articles in
ISSUE (2008, Volume 63 Issue 2)

And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord

Bits & Bobs

The Bow Assembly, Devon, England

Can we be good without God?

The Church at Laodicea

Code name: Confusion

Cyril Hocking

The Days when the Judges ruled (1)


Equipped by God to serve well

For Me

God is ...

God, the believer and work (2)

Gospel Work and other Activities

How Children leave Home makes all the Difference

I cannot understand

Lost at Sea, Found in Heaven

Oh Death Where is thy Sting?

Parental Responsibilities - the Blessing and Burden of having Children

Preach (and teach) the word (2)

The Son and the Father (2)

The Song of Solomon (2)


Striving against Satan

The Church, A Discipleship Manual for the Body of Christ

The Faithful Prophet - Chapter 4 (running behind God)

The Olive Plants

Views from the News

The Welland Canal Mission

What happens to a christian when they die?

What is Relational Evangelism?

What the Bible Teaches About Guidance

A Wonderful Heritage

This article is not part of a series

There are 16 articles by this author

The Christian Life

The One Gospel and its Dynamics

The One Gospel and its Terms

The One Gospel and its Order

The One Gospel and its New Style

The One Gospel and its Freedom

The One Gospel and its Freedom

The Church, A Discipleship Manual for the Body of Christ

The Local Church – Its Character and Constitution

Worshipping God

The Tyranny of Choice

Seven Prophecies of the Church’s Condition Fulfilled

Legality, Liberty and Diversity


The Son – His Rule on Earth

What is it to love like Jesus loves?