Saturday, September 8, 2007

What is a Healthy Church? (Mark Dever) Review by

Our friend and blogger Mr. Tim Challies writes a review of Pastor Dever's book here.

He provides some quotes from the book also which I have placed here:

Choice Quotes (ht:

"It's impossible to answer the question what is a Christian? without ending up in a conversation about the church; at least in the Bible it is."

"When a person becomes a Christian, he doesn't just join a local church because it's a good habit for growing in spiritual maturity. He joins a local church because it's the expression of what Christ has made him--a member of the body of Christ."

"If you have no interest in actually committing yourself to an actual group of gospel-believing, Bible-teaching Christians, you might question whether you belong to the body of Christ at all!"

"A healthy church is not a church that's perfect and without sin. It has not figured everything out. Rather, it's a church that continually strives to take God's side in the battle against the ungodly desires and deceits of the world, our flesh, and the devil. It's a church that continually seeks to conform itself to God's Word."

"Friend, the church finds its life as it listens to the Word of God. It finds its purpose as it lives out and displays the Word of God. The church's job is to listen and then to echo."

Grace, mercy and peace be with you!