- Series: 9Marks
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; 3 edition (August 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433539985
- ISBN-13: 978-1433539985
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
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Fear not, because Mark Dever, as a faithful pastor lights the way using the Bible as our source book/model. There is nothing in this book that is not backed by by scripture. Dever doesn't just proof-text his way along in this book, but really takes into consideration the context of each passage. I won't list here the chapter titles. You can check Amazon.com for those. I'll just say that Dever does not shy away from difficult topics.
The most difficult in my opinion to implement is the chapter of biblical church discipline. Dever pulls no punches here. Our churches need to once again practice biblical church discipline if we are to be really faithful to God and if we want to improve not just numerically, but also in depth as well.
I must say I was impressed by reading this book. I really didn't find much I disagreed with. It's a fairly quick read, but at the same time it is not shallow. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires a fuller understanding of what a healthy church looks like.
If you are a church leader, or just a layperson who desires to help the church you are a part of to serve the Lord and fulfill Christ's commission, then read this book. But read it knowing that you will feel the conviction of what scripture has to say about a "healthy" church.
And much like any sermon or study of the Bible = if you are unwilling to act upon the revelations you receive - then don't pick it up to begin with.