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Rethinking the Wineskin: The Practice of the New Testament Church [Paperback]

By Frank Viola (Author)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.625 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2004
Publisher   DESTINY IMAGE #45
ISBN  0966665708  
EAN  9780966665703  

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In this volume, Frank Viola gives language for all you knew was wrong with the modern church. But even better, he shows how we can recover the pristine simplicity of the first-century church. Packed to the gills with Scripture, Rethinking the Wineskin demonstrates beyond dispute that house churches that gather without a clergy have a Scriptural right to exist! It does so by a clear presentation of the New Testament and Viola's own experience in house church living. Solidly Biblical, deeply spiritual, and intensely practical, Rethinking the Wineskin is a must read for all who have a passion to see first-century ways restored. In Step Magazine, Inc. rated Rethinking the Wineskin the #2 best selling book on their top 10 book list for book sales in 2001 (May, 2001 Edition).

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here. His blog,, is ranked in the top ten of all Christian blogs on the Web today. He ministers to people all over the world from Florida.

Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than sixteen nonfiction and fiction books. A sought-after speaker and longtime blogger, she has overcome (through Jesus's healing) a difficult childhood full of neglect, abuse, and familial dysfunction to become a living example of what it means to live uncaged. She lives in Texas with her family.

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What's wrong with the modern church?  Jan 8, 2007
This book can be summed up with this true statement:"Consequently,if the Spirit of God were to leave an institutional church,His absence would go un-noticed."
Mr. Viola makes some insightful points about the modern church.
"The early believers understood that God sanctifies people,not objects."
Objects such as church buildings for instance.
His points are good and backed up Scripturally. In James 5:14 the sick are told to call on the Elders for prayer. Not a Pastor or Priest.
Note also that most of the Pauline epistles are addressed to communities.
The author made a good point about the Lord's Supper's origin. What it really was originally is far from the Communion of today!
He really makes a lot of good points in favor of house churches.
Laying the Groundwork  Aug 19, 2006
Viola spends the pages of this book setting the foundation for the House Church Movement. Searching the scriptures, he lays out the case for a new beginning, or better said, a return to the first century church.

Topics include: the role of the home, fellowship, church as family, leadership, and the nature of the body of Christ. Rethinking the Wineskin, in some cases, is a trumpeting call of what is wrong with the modern church.

Like Gene Edward's book on the same topic, this book will not tell you how to start a home church. Rather it will persuade you, if you need it, of all the good reasons to start one.
Excellent Read!!!!!!!!!!  Apr 11, 2006
This book is for those who are desperate for change in the way they experience corporate life in the church of Jesus Christ. It is a call to the NT pattern which is centered around Christ alone. This book causes you to examine how we do "church" and that the church is a glorius living extension and representation of Jesus Christ. You will be challenged and changed.
An Essential Starting Point  Feb 6, 2006
Rethinking the Wineskin is, quite simply, one of the first places anyone should begin when examining the peculiar genius of Jesus and his earliest apprentices in orienting and growing organic, indigenous church communities. Frank balances fresh biblical exegesis with a broad range of scholarship and church history.

OK, so why did I only give it four stars? Well, I think it could use an edit, reincorporating some of the style of the earlier printing of this book. Also--and this might be more my "fault" than the author's--I feel a growing need to address matters of justice and solidarity with the poor with regards to the communion of saints being Christ's hands and feet in the world. I say supplement this with Steve Chalke's "Lost Message of Jesus" or Shane Claiborne's "The Irresistible Revolution," and you're getting pretty comprehensive.

My bottom line: read "Rethinking" for what it is, not what it isn't. It is an excellent book for reimagining supple wineskins to contain the Holy Spirit's move in the twenty-first century.
Best book on church renewal in years  Jan 9, 2006
This is one of the best written, air-tight books I've read in years on the subject of church renewal. It's a necessary addition to Barna's new book on the coming Revolution because it provides the necessary biblical support for it.

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