The greatest institution on earth is the local church. It's also the focus of Satan's attacks. Churches are closing every day. Pastors are abandoning their posts every day. Every true follower of Jesus must "return fire" by standing up for that which God loves. This book provides believers with a biblical philosophy of the local church and encourages them to remain faithful to the cause of Christ. -from the back cover From a Baptist pastor to Baptist pastors, Baptist Ecclesiology covers the topics every local Baptist church faces, from the meaning of the church to the ordinances to pastoral leadership, the ministry of deacons, and so much more.