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The Church: The Gospel Made Visible (9Marks) Paperback – April 1, 2012
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It's densely packed with insight from a pastor-theologian who has built his preaching ministry around the Word of God. Dever's passion is for healthy churches. He believes that God's Word is sufficient for every aspect of the church. This is the first part of the book. I. What Does the Bible Say? Here he gives us the biblical foundations of the church. Then he looks at historical issues related to the life of the church in II. What Has the Church Believed? Finally Dever answers in the final part III. How Does It All Fit Together? This is the modern application for church life.
While I did initially expect the book to be longer, Dever packs it with footnotes and points the reader to many reference sources. It's a great primer on Ecclesiology. I would recommend it if you're familiar with Dever's previous works on healthy churches because this treatment of the church seems to be more of a complete thought, more well-rounded. And, if you're not familiar with Dever this would be the best place to start.Read more ›
I am a Dever fan and over the past few years have found him and his 9 Marks [...] organisation tremendously helpful. He has helped me to sharpen up my ecclesiology and to think more carefully through such subjects as church membership and discipline. The church I pastor is historically Baptist, so I also have that direct connection with Dever.
In The Church Dever seeks to set out a clear doctrine of the church, and as such this is a very useful book. I shall certainly be recommending it when I teach ecclesiology in our leadership training program. In three sections Dever explores what the Bible says about the church; what the church has believed about the church; and how this should all fit together in the local congregation. It is all good stuff, and zips along nicely, giving plenty of material while not getting too bogged down in detail.
Dever has a real passion for the church, as all Christians should. He has devoted his life to serving a local congregation and his love for the body of Christ shines through. I am with him all the way on this. As the first sentence of the first chapter puts it, "The church is the body of people called by God's grace through faith in Christ to glorify him together by serving him in his world." Amen!
So, so far so good.
Where I found The Church less satisfying is that it reads very much like a detailed membership course for people looking to join Dever's church. It could do with being more engaging and lyric, while no less factual. Also, almost inevitably, Dever comes to the conclusion that the ideal expression of the local church is the type of church that he leads!Read more ›
There is much Truth to be reminded of for today's Church and the author makes his case by applying a broad range of Scripture and recalling the relationship of God with His children. Don't expect anecdotes, contemporary illustrations or "5 Steps to Have a Biblical Church", it's not that kind of a book. It is more systematic rather than "self help"or philosophical. At it heart it is rather thorough examination of the historical Church, it's divine purpose and the call to be firmly rooted in the Scriptures as it represents the Glory of God to the world today.
Dever has divided this book into three parts: What Does the Bible Say?, What Has the Church Believed?, And How Does It All Fit Together?. In part one Dever looks at what the Bible says about the church, discussing: the nature of the church, the attributes of the church, the marks of the church, its membership, polity, discipline, purpose and hope. In this section Dever traces out how in both the Old and New Testaments here has always been a people of God.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not an easy to read primer, but a good, in-depth look at the topic. Worth reading, I believe, for any pastor or church planter.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very good reading for this class I am in learning a lot from this book.
A very good book.
Dever, with his extensive knowledge of ecclesiology unpacks the current trends within local churches, targets their origins, and prescribes adjustments-a biblical adherence to the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sean Corser
I didn't find anything particularly interesting, new or exciting in this book. Not particularly well written. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert E.
Dever's volume on the church is desperately needed today. The way he theologically shows why the church is needed and the purpose it serves encouraged my soul. Read morePublished 19 months ago by matt
The book was received in good condition. The same as it was advertised as. There were so smudges on the cover, but nothing we could not wipe off.Published 20 months ago by martha brown
This is a very clear and readable book on the theology of the church. Mark Dever is one of the few pastor/theologian who writes clearly on what the church is and how it should... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wai Hong Lee
While I have no argument with the author's logic or theology, the content was not relevant for me. It applies to some churches but seemed limited to a Baptist paradigm.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer