Clowney on the apostolicity of the church

From page 102 of The Church by Edmund P. Clowney:

The New Testament grounds the church in God’s revealed truth. The apostles established the church by preaching the Scriptures and their fulfilment. The fellowship of the church in the book of Acts exist among those who continue in the apostolic teaching (Acts 2:42). The growth of the church is described by Luke as the growth of the Word (Acts 6:7; 12:24; 19:20). The ministries by which the church is built up are ministries of the Word (Eph. 4:11). The apostolicity of the church, therefore, means that the church is built on the foundation of the apostolic gospel. All other attributes of the church derive from this.


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