Can You Love Jesus But Not the Church?


Can you love Jesus but not the church? Is it possible to believe in God and follow the teachings of Jesus while practicing private religion in isolation from other Christians? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. David deSilva makes the case for loving the church as we love Jesus as a fulfillment of his commands.

If you enjoyed this video teaching, David deSilva’s latest book One Another: The New Testament Prescription for Transformation delves deeper into a biblical theology of community and spiritual transformation. You can order a copy of the book with teaching videos here. You can also study Paul’s Letter to the Galatians with David deSilva using his OneBook Bible study available here.

Perfect for:

  • Group leader training
  • Group studies
  • Sunday school classes
  • Discipleship bands

In these pages you’ll:

  • Gain an appreciation for how we thrive in community
  • Wrestle with our command to receive from and contribute to others’ faith
  • Understand the biblical teaching on God’s people, the body of Christ
  • Be challenged to abandon individualistic versions of the Christian faith

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David A. deSilva (PhD) serves as Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is the author of two dozen books, including An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation, which has nurtured thousands of Christian workers in English, Arabic, Chinese, and Korean contexts. He is an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.