Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (9Marks)
You may have read books on this topic before—but not like this one. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for assessing the health of your church. Whether you’re a pastor, a leader, or an involved member of your congregation, studying the nine marks of a healthy church will help you cultivate new life and wel...more
But the book redeemed itself at the end, oddly ...more
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 ...more
For those not familiar with the book, here are the nine marks, in order: expositional preaching, Biblical theology, the gospel, a Biblical understanding ...more
Great observations on church di ...more
If the book did anything, it galvanized me in the direction that our church is going. It also made me want to grab a couple of books by O ...more
The book itself is a series of essays expounding on each mark, with practical, and biblical wisdom. Reformed evangelicals will not find much to argue with here, nor, for that matter, will they likely find much ...more
I found this book quite helpful to help me think through the nine marks. While not exhaustive, Dever is thorough in supporting from the scriptures why these areas are essential and provides insights that have helped me to think critically scout these areas in ministry.
Great book to read with others who would like to be challenged to think deeply about the bride and body of Christ.
#1: Expositional Preaching: It is the Word of God that forms and gives life to the people of God. Therefore, the purpose of preaching should be to faithfully explain and apply that Word to the congregation. For Dever, ...more
However this book overall belongs in the 1930's or worst - it has no practical application to the world today. The amazing revelation of Christianity is that it fits all peoples at all times, therefore we don't present a model ...more
Dever’s approach in the book is simple and biblical. He doesn’t provide a complete ecclesiology, but he doesn’t intend to. He argues that American evangelicalism has forgotten these basic principles, and the health of the church is at stake. The nine marks Dever considers are (1) expositional preaching; (2) biblical the ...more
Believers should take these marks to heart to think about what a church should be and grow in their understanding of what it means to be a faithful member.
The only reason I didn’t give it a fifth star is I wish there was a little bit m ...more