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O que é uma Igreja Saudável?

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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. But with this book, you don't have to wonder any more.

Author Mark Dever seeks to help believers recogniz
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published 2009 by Editora Fiel
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Heather
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is highly reccomended, don't worry, it's a quick read.

What is essential in a local church? What is important? What really doesn't matter?
I'm seeing the local church in a whole new way! I don't mean to say Mark is writing things I've never heard before, he's just putting them all together for me. I've been humbled by this book and can't say enough about it.
Eric Durso
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church, 2017
Solid.
Ben Robin
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a spectacular little introduction to the 9Marks corpus, and thus, the biblical design and definition of a healthy church.
Adam
Dec 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, religion
"You and I cannot demonstrate love or joy or peace or patience or kindness sitting all by ourselves on an island. No, we demonstrate it when the people we have committed to loving give us good reasons not to love them, but we do anyway."

In this small book, Mark Dever surveys the role of the Church (and the church) in the lives of the Christian. He shows how life in the "body of Christ" is a vital component of Christianity.

I think the thing I liked most about the book is that it is very practical
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Marguerite Harrell
I am reading this book for the second time. I am trying to encourage other to join church since they aren't going to church but staying at home. It is sad to see my Christian friends being burned out from going to church. How can we encourage one another to start going to church again? Looking forward to finish this book later this week. I know this is a great book and I do wish that every people that is currently not going to church to read this book and those who are currently looking for the ...more
Troy
Sep 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great little book on what a healthy church looks like. What I appreciated about it was that it was not a dissertation on how to become a healthy church, though you should take the markers of health and strive to make them a reality in your church, instead it was a picture of the things that would be evident in a community that was healthy. This book was short and easy to read, a great resource for anyone in the church.
B
Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book despite having listened to the 9 marks series. I found it to be just the right size to use as a sort of handbook or to give to someone considering a church situation or looking for a church. The content is solidly planted in the Bible & concisely & clearly presented.
Sarah
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent little book on the "why and how" of a healthy church. I read it to be reminded and encouraged of the importance of the local church, and was.
Imogen Beatrice
Blunt, clear and surprisingly humble, this short book is worth a read. Dever claims that it's not just for church leaders, but for anyone who calls themselves a Christian. And as someone who is not in church leadership but would call myself a Christian, it's understandable, well set out and easily digestible. As it is written with an American readership in mind, and I attend an evangelical Anglican church in the UK, there are a few things I found hard to relate to - talking about the importance ...more
Ryan Hawkins
Not as good as I hoped it would be. That being said, it clearly is a shorter version of a much longer book, and you can tell many of his ideas he is cutting short and explaining fast in order to avoid writing too long. So, I think the idea of a healthy church with these 9 marks is commendable and right. I just think this book wasn't as interesting, compelling, or convincing.

Yet, on each of the marks, he has some good insights--particularly about conversion, evangelism, and eldership. It just se
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Ray
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book. Reminded me what is important to look for in a church. Not only that but how to help my current church to be a healthy or healthier church. It isn't just leaderships job to create a healthy church, it is also responsibility of church members as well. We are all in this together. Also liked the reminder that no church is perfect because we are all sinners. We all know this, but was refreshing how he approached this. He urges people to take great care before leaving a churc ...more
Eilidh
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent little book - clear, concise and full of wisdom. I would absolutely recommend this very highly to any and all Christians, it is surely a must-read for any wishing to grow in their faith and understanding of the Church.
Michael
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise summary of 9Marks thesis that these are the signs (3 essential, 6 important) of a healthy church. A longer work detailing all nine is also available as is individual short works on each mark. Worth the read first before diving into the other categories in depth.
David Sager
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice concise book on what makes a healthy church.
Mano Chil
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An essential book for those who want to understand what the signs are of a healthy church and how to become one.
Jack Hansen
Mark Dever defines the church, congregation, evangelism, deacons, elders, and the Word of God in the best way for his audience to understand what constitutes a healthy church. He highlights three key principles upon which a healthy church exists: expositional preaching, biblical theology, and a right understanding of the gospel. Beyond those three essential attributes of a healthy church, Dever asserts that a biblical view of Conversion, Evangelism, Membership, Discipline, Discipleship, and Lead ...more
Brian Pate
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
An easy, fast read. Cliff notes version of "Nine Marks of a Healthy Church" (Crossway, 2004).

Random things that stood out to me:

- "God has given so many [spiritual] gifts precisely so that those gifts might be used in response to the sin of other Christians in the church. My sins give you a chance to exercise your gifts" (p. 29).
- Without expositional preaching, "the church will slowly be conformed to the image of the pastor, rather than to the image of God" (p. 66).
- "By calling someone a m
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Steve
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dever's book does what it claims; it explains the "ingredients" necessary for producing a healthy local church. His explanations are generally convincing, but some views (a tendency, in places, to conflate spiritual gifts and offices in the church...typical of many professional clergy [I understand the suggested reasons for doing so, but remain unconvinced]). Dever also, while supportive of a strong NT understanding of plurality in church leadership, seems to still support a measure of congregat ...more
Tim
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a slimmed down version of 9 Marks of a Healthy Church without loosing any of the core content. Dever presents the biblical case for what a healthy church. He defines a healthy church as one that is increasingly reflecting God’s character as his character has been revealed in his Word.

A healthy church requires three essential marks: expositional preaching, biblical theology, biblical understanding of the Gospel. Six other important marks are a biblical understanding of: conversion,
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John
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mini-book is an excellent primer for everything a church should be. Caution to those who might be a bit nervous regarding theological discussion of conversion--Dever's description and analysis of conversion is well stated, biblical and every believer should take his assessment into consideration. Dever does a good job defending his thesis that A healthy church is a congregation that increasingly reflects God's character as his character has been revealed in his Word. The book is pastorally ...more
Tori
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book because a church I was visiting was doing a Biblestudy on it. (Perfect timing to read it, since I'm currently church searching). I really really really liked it. I think everyone has their own ideas of a perfect church, and what they want out of a church. But this book really layed a new foundation of how I viewed church and why I should be a member of a church (something I hadn't really thought much about in the past). It was a very easy read with a lot of information, ...more
Mitch Nichols
Basic, practical and applicable for both church leaders and the congregation. This is the abridged version of his full-length book "Nine Marks of a Healthy Church" and serves as a good primer for small group discussion. I appreciated brief discussion on plurality of elders and the bullet points on "What Growth Does and Doesn't Look Like". I appreciate Dever challenging the reader to ponder what do they value most in a church as well as the list of questions to ask and pray over when you are cons ...more
James B
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those I would say is a must-read for all Christian leaders who wants to partake in building of a healthy church. Like many books in the series, the book is found on biblical principles supported by the scriptures and concise to the points. It has enough illustrations and examples of what it looks like. I felt the last few chapters of the book lost a bit of its steams but the principles it laid out are extremely valuable for all leaders of the church. A bit unsatisfying not because of what ...more
Lydia
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a short and sweet read. Dever starts with describing a healthy church, then discusses the essential marks of a healthy church, and the important marks of a healthy church. I enjoyed how straight forward and practical this book was. I sincerely enjoyed the way he ended it. Dever writes, "Take care in how you propose change to your pastors. Pray, serve, encourage, set a good example in your own life, and be patient. A healthy church is less about a place that looks a certain way, and more ...more
Chase Douglas
I read this book because another member in my church was reading it and said I should check it out. Although I don't agree with everything said in this book, the first third of this book (the book was broken up in to 3 parts) is spot on! It has become way to common for Christians to separate themselves from the rest of the body of Christ (the church) and think that it will be ok and that they will survive. Miller does a fantastic job of giving them reasons (and from scripture) of why they are wr ...more
Alex
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of the Covenant Class I am taking to become a member at my church. This book is a solid, high-level overview of the Gospel and what it means to be a healthy church. A lot more could be said, but the point of the book isn't to say a lot, but to introduce concepts and give basic explanations of them.

In that, it does its job well. 3/5 because I wish it was meatier and because I would probably recommend Dever's 9 Marks of a Healthy Church over this one if you really want to
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Elizabeth Li
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Small book yet impactful. Mark Dever has no wasted words in this short read on the topic of a healthy church. He is very helpful with the practical and thought-provoking points of considerations for leaving or staying with a church and marks to look for in a healthy church. In this age when there's a lot of confusion about the church, this was a refreshing read as it brings such clarity on the identity of "church" and how to increasingly become healthier as a church. Excellent read on the subjec ...more
Patrick Hamblin
Dever clearly and concisely lays out what he sees in the Bible as his 9Marks of a healthy church (Expositional preaching, biblical theology, biblical understanding of the gospel, conversion, and evangelism, biblical church membership, discipline, discipleship, and church leadership.)

He not only makes a good biblical case for each but also shows why it's important for the entire church to "image Christ."

Everyone would benefit by reading this, from the pew sitter to the church leader. Both ends
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Adam Townsend
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This condensed version of "9 Marks of a Healthy Church" is an extremely beneficial resource for all members of the church. His understanding of the essential aspects of a healthy church are right on track with the Bible. I especially enjoyed chapter 10: A Biblcial Understanding of Church Membership. Membership in our churches today is extremely defficient. The author can be no clearer when he says, "Joining a church is an act of saying, 'I am now your responsibility, and you are my responsibilit ...more
Angie Vallejo
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church-issues
This is a short and sweet, yet extremely informative "checklist" on what to look for in a healthy church. From the book I learned some things that I didn't know (such as difference between elders and deacons and their important roles and why membership is needed and important), and I was confirmed on things I knew I had been missing. If you are looking for confirmation on your church, or looking for a new home church, I would highly recommend this read.
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Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Since his ordination to the ministry in 1985, Dr. Dever has served on the pastoral staffs of four churches, the second being a church he planted in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Washington in 1994, Dr. Dever taught for the faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University while serving two years as an associate ...more
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