The Community of the King, By Howard A. Snyder

The Community of the King

Revised Edition

by Howard A. Snyder

The Community of the King
  • Length: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: January 29, 2004
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2749
  • ISBN: 9780830827497

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A classic revisited--revised and expanded.

For over twenty-five years, Howard Snyder's Community of the King has set the standard for a penetrating look at the relationship between the kingdom of God and the earthly church. Biblically and practically Snyder helps us think through such crucial questions as

  • What is the kingdom of God?
  • What role does it play in history?
  • What does it mean for the church to be an agent of the kingdom?

Once we grasp the nature of the kingdom, Snyder helps us explore its implications for the church as we experience it in daily life. The church, he argues, is part of God's dramatic plan to reconcile all things to himself. The church that is true to its calling will emphasize the God-given gifts of all its members and develop structures and strategies that reflect God's reign in the world.

In addition to a completely new chapter on developments in Christian thinking on the church since its first publication, this new edition of Community of the King contains a fully updated bibliography and is revised throughout.

Here is a classic book for all concerned with church life and growth.



Introduction: Does the Church Bring the Kingdom?

Part 1: Perceiving the Kingdom
1. Kingdom Consciousness
2. Models of the Church
3. Fresh Streams: Models of the Church Since 1975

Part 2: Understanding the Kingdom Community
4. God's Master Plan
5. The Church in God's Plan
6. The Messianic Community

Part 3: Embodying the Kingdom Community
7. The Kingdom Mandate
8. Church Growth and Kingdom Growth
9. The Form of the Church
10. The Unity of the Church
11. From Here to the Kingdom

Select Bibliography

General Index

Scripture Index


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Howard A. Snyder

Howard A. Snyder served as distinguished professor and chair of Wesley Studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that he was professor of history and theology of mission in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky from 1996 to 2006. He has also taught at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and pastored in Chicago and Detroit. He has written numerous books, including The Problem with Wineskins (IVP), The Radical Wesley (IVP) and, most recently (with Joel Scandrett), Salvation Means Creation Healed: The Ecology of Sin and Grace (Cascade).