Elton Trueblood's new book is both a dynamic rallying point and a manual of action for every Christian.
Despite the popularity of churchgoing, millions are only back-pew Christians, Dr. Trueblood declares. What is needed is a task force of committed men and women who truly care for God, for the church, and for other people. Such a "valiant band for Christ" would revitalize the church and transform society.
"We have around us many new frontiers, but the most unexplored of all frontiers is that of loving fellowship." To explore this new frontier, Dr. Trueblood outlines a hard-hitting five-point program:
THE NECESSITY OF COMMITMENT. Calls for a living faith that can win back the church's "lost provinces" -the campus, young people, labor.
THE CALL TO ENLISTMENT. Lays down a rule and discipline by which devoted recruits can prepare themselves for The Company of the Committed.
THE VOCATION OF WITNESS. Sets forth the testimony required in both word and act if there is to be genuine renewal in the life of the church.
THE STRATEGY OF PENETRATION. Shows how the church building can become a drill hall where Christians are trained in techniques to make a difference in the secular world.
THE CRITERION OF VALIDITY. Discovers the true mark of this renewed church to be love-love in action that redeems society.
This is a forceful and a rousing book that glows with the fire of conviction. Here are "Christian marching orders" for those who want to join THE COMPANY OF THE COMMITTED.