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What Is a Healthy Church? Kindle Edition
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What is an ideal church, and how can you tell?
How does it look different from other churches? More importantly, how does it act differently, especially in society? Many of us aren't sure how to answer those questions, even though we probably have some preconceived idea. But with this book, you don't have to wonder any more.
Author Mark Dever seeks to help believers recognize the key characteristics of a healthy church: expositional preaching, biblical theology, and a right understanding of the gospel. Dever then calls us to develop those characteristics in our own churches. By following the example of New Testament authors and addressing church members from pastors to pew sitters, Dever challenges all believers to do their part in maintaining the local church. What Is a Healthy Church? offers timeless truths and practical principles to help each of us fulfill our God-given roles in the body of Christ.
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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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0017JWL5A
- Publisher : Crossway (June 19, 2007)
- Publication date : June 19, 2007
- Language : English
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- Print length : 130 pages
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Other than that. Thank you for a great, informative book!
What it is is a fairly common sense approach of scripurally based suggestions that any church could follow through on.
One person can't accomplish this, nor can the Deacons, nor a particular committee or two, nor even a majority of the congregation. This should be applied and practiced with the entire congregation for a truly healthy church.
If I have any reservations, it would be on the chapter on church disciplining wayward members, and tightening membership criteria to minimize, or eliminate, the need for such actions.
The Nine Marks of a Healthy Church are as Follows:
1) Expository Preaching
2) Biblical Theology
3) A Biblical Understanding of the Good News
4) A Biblical Understanding of Conversion
5) A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
6) A Biblical Understanding Membership
7) Biblical Church Discipline
8) Biblical Discipleship and Growth
9) Biblical Church Leadership
I think that any church that focuses on these areas is going to be pretty solid. However, it doesn't guarantee health. I think character and emotional health come into play as well - e.g. - 1 Corinthians 13 talks about love being an essential quality of the church; also, many churches have good doctrine, infrastructure, and do all the above, but live in a false peace (see Peter Scazzero's - The Emotionally Healthy Church).
Overall, I recommend this little book as an introductory primer as a good evaluation tool, containing specific areas for local churches to have a good "check list" of ideas and practices to shoot for as they seek to be more Biblical in what they do when they gather together as a local church body. For more detail then what Dever writes in this book - I would recommend the slightly larger book - Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.
However, this should not discourage someone from reading this book. It's too important to neglect.