Jack H. Fish


Understanding the Church

Pages: 240
Size: 6" x 9"
ISBN #: 0-87213-901-8
Format: Paperback

The Biblical Ideal for the 21st Century

What did the Lord mean when He said, "I will build my church"? What is "the church"? What were His purposes for forming it? With what resources did He endow it? Did He provide guidelines for its structure and operation? Did He intend that its function be connected essentially with its mature and purpose?

This book attempts to answer these questions by first establishing the primacy of Scripture in all matters pertaining to the church, then moving on to explore the nature of the church, the character and life of local churches, and the autonomy and interdependence that govern interaction between them. In the process Understanding the Church gives us a clear picture of what the church can and should be in the twenty-first century.

The essays presented in this volume were originally delivered at a colloquium sponsored by Grace Bible Chapel in St. Louis, Missouri. They were subsequently published in The Emmaus Journal, the theological organ of Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, Iowa. Various other essays were compiled into another book, Understanding the Trinity



As a result of listening to Billy Graham, Jack Fish trusted Christ in his junior year of high school. He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Linguistics and went on to receive Th.M and Th.D degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. For the past 40+ years, Jack has taught at Emmaus Bible College. He currently serves as editor of The Emmaus Journal


   Part 1 – Will Build My Church – Karen Frankel
   Part 2 – The Primacy of Scripture and the Church – David J. MacLeod
   Part 3 – The Nature of the Universal Church – Charles T. Grant
   Part 4 –  The Character Of the Local Church – James A. Stahr
   Part 5 – The Life of the Local Church – John H. Fish III
   Part 6 –  The Autonomy of the Local Churches – John A. Spender
   Part 7 –  The Interdependence of the Local Churches – Alexander Strauch
About the Authors
Scripture Index
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