Jeff Johnson, the author of The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism and a contributor to this blog, has written a new book entitled The Church: Why bother? Having read the book myself, I wholeheartedly recommend it as a solid introduction to the Bible's teaching on the nature, purpose, functions, and importance of the local church.
In addition to the endorsements by Voddie Baucham, Joel Beeke, and John MacArthur contained in the above video, I would like to add that of Richard Belcher:
I am glad to recommend this new book by Jeffery Johnson, which confronts such ignorance in a very clear and Biblical manner. The book is very brief and direct and even applicable and necessary, especially for our day. The book covers almost every aspect of what a church is and what it should and should not be doing, according to the Scriptures. It can be used by the individual pastor or Christian to learn his duty to his church, or it can be the foundation of a series of sermons to enlighten a church in these areas, or it can be used as Sunday School material or in individual classes or Bible studies. If readers say they already have such books, I would tell you I do too. But every age is different, as it seems our churches slip further and further away from Biblical truth, in the passing of time, and they lean more and more towards the use of the latest unbiblical methods and thoughts of church ministry and church life. Here is a book which deals with the modern age in which we live, and the weakness of the church and churches of our day, and without fear the author sets forth Biblical truth as to what the church of our Lord Jesus Christ needs to be today according to Scripture!Be sure to visit the Solid Ground Chrsitian Books website to order your copy today.