For example the presumably hypothetical Rob at the start of the discipleship chapter is an almost laughably naive caricature, rather than someone we might regularly meet. Much has been written about elders and discipline in that first era after the Apostles that is valuable to today's church. This chapter makes me wonder how many churches think they are doing well on the Nine Marks plumb line but are not to objective observers. As Guest Senate Chaplain for two weeks in 1995, Dr. Great counsel for church leaders I found this book quite helpful to help me think through the nine marks. Recommended for those in the pulpit and those in the pew.
In any organization you have to define the standard-- what is healthy? Wherever the Lord intends to use me, I plan on buying this book in large quantity and giving it to those whom I disciple, and especially at membership classes, so the people can have a clear understanding of what is expected of the leadership, but also what is expected of the members. He also held the J. One strength of the book is Dever's commitment to meet with every member on a regular basis, along with elder elders. Dever does a good job of balancing the core essentials of the gospel with the tenets of a healthy church. It also made me want to grab a couple of books by Oz Guiness as some of his quotes that is cited in the book from him are profound. I could hardly contain my enthusiasm as I read through this guide to a biblical church model. I find preachers often dismiss proven pedagogy in order to maintain tradition-- even those with formal pedagogical training.
Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for assessing the health of your church. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for assessing the health of your church. The cross of Christ should be prominent in its preaching. However this book overall belongs in the 1930's or worst - it has no practical application to the world today. He agrees there are other things of importance, but these are the nine most pressing in our age. I believe my church faithful to preaching the whole Bible too, but with a culture that sees families come to church faithfully and consistently yet not grow outwardly, I know we could benefit from thinking deeper about conversion and evangelism.
I truly believe that 9 Marks of a Healthy Church should be required reading for any new Christian. For those not familiar with the book, here are the nine marks, in order: expositional preaching, Biblical theology, the gospel, a Biblical understanding I read the third edition 2013. If on the other hand you feel strongly convicted that somehow the model of church must change to meet the times, my guess is that you will find this book like so much sandpaper. I won't list here the chapter titles. Though, I would supplement this book with other, more practical ones. 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.
I came away from reading this book with a greater understanding of what the bible says about the church, how it's governed, what is to be the central theme of our lives as a congregational people, the Gospel. This takes some of the faux pas out of the process. I would recommend this to any Christian. Excellent book covering nine essentials of every healthy church. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for assessing the health of your church. Highly recommended for all Christians, and any who are questioning or inquiring about the Christian faith, worldview, or church.
Now, the marks: Mark One: Expositional Preaching Expositional preaching, roughly defined, is working through entire passages of Scripture as opposed to picking a topic and then picking a few verses to support it. Rather, expositional preaching is that preaching which take for the point of a sermon the point of a particular passage of Scripture. That seems to fall short of a biblical understanding of evangelism, but many attendees claim to be Nine Marks aspirants and scarcely criticize the status quo. The chapters seem a bit unrelated to one another. This book may not wow you, but it is certainly a foundational book for anyone desiring to think critically about what a church is, and what characteristics should define a church. Dimension: 215 x 141 x 18. I give this book 3.
Other Reformed pastors such as Tim Keller equally emphasize the role of all creation-- including work-- in God's redemptive plan. Perhaps we don't really know what a healthy church really looks like? Nine Marks of a Healthy Church 3rd Edition 9Marks by Mark Dever You may have read books on this topic before—but not like this one. I got through with the book and have used this scale of 9 Marks to evaluate some of the churches I used to be associated with. In any organization you have to define the standard-- what is healthy? Series: 9marks: Building Healthy Churches. For those unfamiliar with this concept, church discipline occurs when a member falls into unrepentant sin. If a church doesn't meet the Nine Marks, I would ask it why it considers itself healthy.
What a helpful book for pastors and church leaders! It has obviously held up over time, but it could be better. Few people today have thought more or better about what makes a church biblical and healthy. The business of church is God, not all the other stuff! However the book needs a drastic rewrite to present then in a contemporary and relevant manner. Therefore, the purpose of preaching should be to faithfully explain and apply that Word to the congregation. There probably isn't much in here that would strike the reader as a new observation, but it is well reasoned and expressed. In reviewing this list, I see some areas where we could improve.
The question looms throughout for the reader, Is my church practicing this? 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. I am sure I will be reading more of your work in the future! The business of church is God, not all the other stuff! The book also ignores what we know about church polity in the first centuries of the church. A high view of church membership makes the remaining marks more intelligible. In an effort to build biblically faithful churches in America, Dr. Mark Three: The Gospel Harkening back to Marks One and Two, the church and its preaching should present an accurate picture of the sinful, helpless state of man in need of redemption. Mark Dever admits that this is just one book in a long line of similar books, and even provides a bibliography of dozens of recently-published books; he provides his own grain of salt, in other words.
A very convicting chapter for sure. This new expanded edition of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is not an instruction manual for church growth. . While I agree with all of Dever's points, I find his method of delivery to be a minus. I appreciate Dever's frankness and how he sticks close to Scripture when making his points. Dever is about as far away from my brand of Christianity as I can take and yet there is much here that is applicable to parish leadership.