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Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
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Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

by Mark Dever

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Thorough primer on nine characteristics of a healthy church. Warning! - there are not only 9 marks; these are simply the nine that - if they are in place - empower and enable all the other important traits of a fruitful and faithful church.

Great book to read with others who would like to be challenged to think deeply about the bride and body of Christ. ( )
  Pastor_Doug | Mar 30, 2018 |
As my family is between churches, I thought this would be a good read while we search for a new church to call home. Having finished, I can say that I think this is something that should be read by all Christians. Even if you're *not* in the process of looking for a church, the principles Dever writes about here serve as a good compass by which to judge the health of your church, and perhaps should point you to areas that need improvement - areas that you may not be consciously aware of. Dever's stresses repeatedly that size is not an indicator of success - "The purpose of too many evangelical churches has fallen from one of glorifying God simply to growing larger, assuming that goal, however achieved, must glorify God."

What constitutes a healthy church is not easily measured in numerical fashion (how many members, how much money, how many baptisms, how many converts, etc.) but instead by these nine marks which are neglected by many churches today :

Expositional Preaching
Biblical Theology
A Biblical Understanding of the Gospel
A Biblical Understanding of Conversion
A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
Biblical Church Membership
Biblical Church Discipline
Biblical Discipleship
Biblical Church Leadership

Devoting a chapter to each of these nine crucial qualities, Dever explains why these should be the priority of the church, as well as what happens to churches that pay too little attention to these areas. ( )
  Adam_Z | Mar 19, 2018 |
If you're familiar with 9Marks, this won't be anything new. If you're not, then this is the necessary and wonderful introduction. Church leaders and church members alike need to read this book. ( )
  bartbox | Jun 15, 2017 |
Excellent Book! Was very encouraging to me. ( )
  LeviDeatrick | Oct 6, 2016 |
Really good discussion of the qualities found in healthy, biblical churches. Very thought provoking and challenging. ( )
  HGButchWalker | Sep 21, 2016 |
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Harris, JoshuaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Table of Contents:

Mark 1 : expositional preaching -- Mark 2 : biblical theology -- Mark 3 : the Gospel -- Mark 4 : a biblical understanding of conversion -- Mark 5 : a biblical understanding of evangelism -- Mark 6 : biblical understanding of church membership -- Mark 7 : biblical church discipline -- Mark 8 : a concern for discipleship and growth -- Mark 9 : biblical church leadership -- Tips for leading the church in a healthy direction -- The numerical nineties -- Medicines from the cabinet.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158134631X, Paperback)

What makes for a healthy church? A large congregation? Plentiful parking? Vibrant music?

You may have read books on this topic before-but not like this one. This new expanded edition of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is not an instruction manual for church growth. It is a pastor's recommendation of how to assess the health of your church using nine crucial qualities that are neglected by many of today's churches.

Whether you're a church leader or an involved member of your congregation, you can help cultivate these elements in your church, bringing it new life and health for God's glory.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:07 -0400)

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Now in its third edition and featuring a new foreword by New York Times best-selling author David Platt, pastor Mark Dever?s classic book is not an instruction manual for church growth. Rather, it is a wise pastor?s recommendation for how to assess the health of a church using nine crucial qualities often neglected by many of today?s congregations. Church leaders and church members alike will resonate with the principles outlined here, breathing new life and health into the church at large. In this newly revised edition, fresh arguments have been added (for example on expositional preaching, about the nature of the gospel, on complementarianism), illustrations have been updated, appendices have been changed, and cover has been improved.… (more)

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