This little book is a brilliant adaptation of the principles espoused in Mark Dever's "9 Marks of a Healthy Church." I wish everyone in my church could read it. I am going to get copies for all of our leaders and have them review it with me. I am going to propose that we give a copy to each new member. I am also going to propose that each of our small groups take a few weeks to read and discuss how to apply this excellent little volume. A true gift from God to the modern Church. The e-book version is nice because of the highlighting, bookmark, and note-taking features. Also, I really appreciate that I can have this e-book on all my devices (I-Pad, PC, and Android), so it is always available. It is surprisingly readable even on my phone's rather small screen. Terrific! Hats-off to CBD for their generous policy and reader app.
Thabiti Anyabwile has provided an excellent and necessary resource to churches looking to define (and in some cases redefine) the meaning of membership. It proves to be especially helpful for church leaders seeking to reform and renew their congregations. In a concise manner the author presents ten identifying marks of a healthy church member. Those familiar with Mark Dever's "What Is a Healthy Church?" or his larger volume, "9 Marks of a Healthy Church," will recognize this title as being a more personal approach to the same subject. Indeed, this is another in the series of small books produced by 9 Marks. Each makes for a quick individual read, but would be well suited for small group studies as well. New or prospective member classes would find this a good resource to use. It could also be employed among long-time church members who need to be reminded afresh of their commitment to Christ and His Church. Anyabwile is to be commended, as are the other writers in the 9 Marks series, for putting the theological cookies on the low shelf. There are more weighty books on this subject out there, but this one is practical and to the point. It should be widely read by anyone who cares about having a church membership that is committed to the Savior and biblically informed.
This little book spells out the responsibilities of church membership. Be warned, however--if you're a "pew-sitter" this book is not for you. Here you'll learn how to contribute to your local church, to be a part of it's Kingdom mission!
This book shows how God's Word presents the fact that becoming a church member or not, is simply not an option. Rather, it is the Holy Spirit-prescribed relationship for all believers. In a world where even some "Christians" balk at any requirements of Christians, this work presents God's expectations of Christians.