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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.
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Good News Publishers
Publication Date: 2007
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Guides both pastors and members to recognize key characteristics of a healthy church and then challenge each person to do his or her part in developing those characteristics in the local church body.
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.
David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A great starting place for reforming your church!September 20, 2012David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book is the first of a series of small volumes dealing with church reformation/revitalization produced by 9Marks, the ministry of Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Together these volumes provide a wonderful resource for the pastor who knows that his church needs a return to the biblical pattern but needs help in getting there. "What Is a Healthy Church?" is something of a "Cliff's Notes" version of Dever's larger volume, "9 Marks of a Healthy Church." The pastor who finds agreement with Dever in this smaller book will want to pursue his larger volume , as well. Each of the books in this series should come with a "WARNING" label because the authors rip off the scabs of cultural tradition that have virtually robbed the Church of its effectiveness in being the visible representation of its Lord. Most pastors should expect to be challenged if he attempts to implement the "9 Marks" too quickly. But if you are ready to trust God and have your ecclesiastical world rocked, then start here. This isn't a comprehensive work, but it is sufficient to whet the appetite of the church leader who is not afraid to sacrifice his or his church's "sacred cows" and reinstate the Bible to its rightful place of authority.
PadrePapaHannibal, MoAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5This book is a great resource for any church.July 11, 2011PadrePapaHannibal, MoAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book was recommended to me by a fellow Pastor that had taken a church riddled with conflict and turned it around by using this book as a Sunday evening study for several weeks. I read the book and was not dissapointed that I did. Every chapter was informative, inspiring and led to many affirmations of concerns I already had for my congregration and myself. This resource not only aided me in identifying issues and infirmities within myself and members, but laid out discussion questions for reflection to point us in the direction we need to move toward to glorify God.
GodsWoman7Sacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For those seeking an understanding re ChurchJune 26, 2011GodsWoman7Sacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have bee so awed at the writings of Mark Dever. What a blessing this book has been to me in understanding church, church protocol, etc.
Jim CantrellOkla.4 Stars Out Of 5Worth readingDecember 13, 2010Jim CantrellOkla.Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Short and to the point this book is a helpful presentation outlining the Christian Church.
"What is a healthy church"
"Essential marks of a healthy church"
"Important marks of a healthy church"
and "Where the rubber meets the road"
Gene Payne5 Stars Out Of 5February 25, 2009Gene PayneAn excellent (book) because many church members do not actually (know) what the church, as a whole, is seeking to do in having their regular services. Frankly, my goal is to build the church up with the Word of GOD and trust this will lead them to active service for the LORD.
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Q: How is this book different from "9 Marks of a Helthy Church?" In other words, what is the difference between "What Is a Healthy Church?" and "9 Marks of a Healthy Church?"
This book includes content from "9 Marks of a Healthy Church", with a focus on personal application and encouraging church growth in the 9 Marks of Health.