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October 6, 2012

More great quotes from Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

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More great quotes from Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever:

May you become the agent for recovering what has been best in your church’s past and the agent for leading your church into the great things God has for it in the future, as your church displays the character of God to His creation.

We need to see an end to church memberships markedly larger than the number of those involved with the church, and an end to inaction in our own lives as we ignore the evangelistic mandate—the call to share the Good News. We need to see the end of this debilitating, deadly coldness to the glorious call to tell the Good News.

To evangelize is to declare on the authority of God what he has done to save sinners, to warn men of their lost condition, to direct them to repent, and to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

It was not a Christianity of absolute truths from an absolute God. It was a compromising, moralizing, relativizing kind of Christianity offering a gospel that could be shaped by human hands and human thoughts.

I’ve come to see that love is largely local. And the local congregation is the place which claims to display this love for all the world to see.

the church is primarily a body of people who profess and give evidence that they have been saved by God’s grace alone, for His glory alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Our individual lives alone are not a sufficient witness. Our lives together as church communities are the confirming echo of our witness.

Go and study the history of Germany and note what kind of Christianity reigned for a century before Nazism.

It is in the nature of sheep to stray and of wolves to eat. I guess if I can’t deal with that, I should just get out of under-shepherding.

If members have left our company and have not gone to any other Bible-believing church, what evidence do we have that they were ever truly a part of us?

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We are to be upwardly focused—God-centered. But we are also, I think, supposed to reflect God’s own love as we look out on other people and on other congregations.

the local church is responsible for raising up the next generation of leaders. No Bible college, course, or seminary can do this.

Unhealthy churches cause few problems for the healthiest Christians; but they are cruel taxes on the growth of the youngest and weakest Christians.

I had thought of writing a book for pastors called “How to Get Fired . . . And Fast!”

the more the churches concerned themselves with social order, the less they exerted church discipline.

If we have a commitment to help evangelize an unreached people group abroad, why haven’t we done a better job in trying to find members of this people group in our metropolitan area?

We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian church; exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.

The truly changed, truly converted, truly Christian heart can say with John Newton, “I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I wish to be. I am not what I hope to be. Yet I can truly say, I am not what I once was. By the grace of God, I am what I am.”

But in the final analysis the people of God, the church of God, can only be created around the Word of God.

Biblically, we must realize that the size of what our eyes see is rarely a good way to estimate the greatness of something in the eyes of God.

the slander that God is not worth living for. . . . . God has entrusted to His church the glory of His own name.

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