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What Is a Healthy Church?

, 2007

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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. 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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  • Seeks to help believers recognize the key characteristics of a healthy church
  • Offers timeless truths and practical principles
  • Challenges all believers to do their part in maintaining the local church
  • Your Christianity and Your Church
  • What a Church Is . . . and Isn’t
  • What Every Church Should Aspire to Be: Healthy
  • The Ultimate How-to Guide: How to Display God’s Character
  • Expositional Preaching
  • Biblical Theology
  • A Biblical Understanding of the Good News
  • A Biblical Understanding of Conversion
  • A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
  • A Biblical Understanding of Membership
  • Biblical Church Discipline
  • Biblical Discipleship and Growth
  • Biblical Church Leadership
  • Conclusion: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Top Highlights

“A healthy church is a congregation that increasingly reflects God’s character as his character has been revealed in his Word.” (Page 40)

“Second, a Christian is someone who, by virtue of his reconciliation with God, has been reconciled to God’s people.” (Page 24)

“The early church put it this way: in essentials, unity; in nonessentials, diversity; in all things, charity.” (Page 72)

“The church gives a visual presentation of the gospel when we forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us, when we commit to one another as Christ has committed to us, and when we lay down our lives for one another as Christ laid down his life for us.” (Page 29)

“A Christian is someone who, first and foremost, has been forgiven of his sin and been reconciled to God the Father through Jesus Christ.” (Page 22)

  • Title: What Is a Healthy Church?
  • Author: Mark Dever
  • Series: 9Marks
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Church › Marks; Church › Biblical teaching; Choice of church
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T06:40:20Z

Mark Dever is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books, is a contributor to Preaching the Great Themes of the Bible, and speaks at conferences nationwide.


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