9781581349375

What Is a Healthy Church?

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  • ISBN13:

    9781581349375

  • ISBN10:

    1581349378

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-06-19
  • Publisher: Good News Pub
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Summary

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 arenrs"t sure how to answer those questions, even though we probably have some preconceived idea. But with this book, you donrs"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.

Author Biography

Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC

Table of Contents

Preface: A Parablep. 9
Introduction: What Are You Looking for in a Church?p. 13
What is a Healthy Church?
Your Christianity and Your Churchp. 21
What a Church Is...and Isn'tp. 33
What Every Church Should Aspire to Be: Healthyp. 39
The Ultimate How-to Guide: How to Display God's Characterp. 49
Quick Tips: If You're Thinking about Leaving a Church...p. 57
Essential Marks of a Healthy Church
Expositional Preachingp. 63
Biblical Theologyp. 69
A Biblical Understanding of the Good Newsp. 75
Quick Tips: How to Find a Good Churchp. 79
Important Marks of a Healthy Church
A Biblical Understanding of Conversionp. 85
A Biblical Understanding of Evangelismp. 89
A Biblical Understanding of Membershipp. 93
Biblical Church Disciplinep. 101
Biblical Discipleship and Growthp. 107
Biblical Church Leadershipp. 113
Conclusion: Where the Rubber Meets the Roadp. 121
A Typical Covenant of a Healthy Churchp. 125
Special Thanksp. 127
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