Sometimes, when people realize that I’ve made a lot of old brotherhood books available again (electronically and in print), they send me requests. “Do you have this book?” “Can you make this book available?” And I think it’s great! One of the ones that I get the most requests for is today’s addition to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary:
The Model Church by G.C. Brewer.
Here’s why: It is a good, succinct description of elders (and their qualifications), deacons (and their qualifications), and reverential worship in the church.
Having said that, brother Brewer did take the position in the book that female deacons were probably acceptable–so while there’s a lot in the book we agree with, there’s also that part that we don’t (we wrote an article that dealt somewhat with this here). As always, compare everything with the word of God.
Here’s the chapters, to help give you an idea:
- What Constitutes A Congregation
- The Qualifications of an Elder
- The Duties of the Elders
- The Relation of the Overseen to the Overseer
- How Elders Are Made
- How Elders Are Unmade
- The Diaconate
- Dealing with the Disorderly
- Figuring on the Finances
- Church Music
- A Model Church
- Prayer-Meeting Topics
Because of the continual requests for this book, we are making it available in the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary, but also in print for those who want to use it in their Bible classes or personal study.
To purchase the print edition, click here.
To read this book online, or save it for later enjoyment, simply click the link below!
-Bradley S. Cobb