Throughout the New Testament, there’s a clear expectation that believers will be committed to the local church. But in the modern West, we confront a question the biblical writers never faced: “Which church?”
Even after you set aside the thorny denominational issues, yet more questions lurk beneath the surface. “What makes a healthy church?” And perhaps even more importantly, “How can I help my church become as healthy as possible?
Mark Dever’s ministry has been shaped by these fundamental questions; they’re what led him develop the “9 Marks of a Healthy Church.” The 9 Mark’s Bundle (on sale for 30% off throughout January) includes 24 volumes from Dever and other Christian leaders exploring issues that make a huge impact on the life of the local church. Here are just a few of the issues covered in the 3,000+ pages that comprise the bundle.
How to find faithful elders and deacons.
It seems like every time you whip out your smart phone you find news of another scandal involving a Christian leader. It’s a humble reminder of the importance of developing leaders with integrity—and doing what you can to keep them spiritually healthy.
The Scripture clearly spell out qualifications for elders and deacons, but actually finding leaders who fulfill the biblical qualifications can be difficult. Thabiti Anyabwile writes from his expertise as a pastor and elder, showing how to identify and reproduce legitimate leaders and willing servants throughout the ranks of the local church. Balancing thoughtful analysis of pertinent passages with thorough application for practical use in a contemporary context, Anyabwile answers the questions, “Who should we look for to lead and serve in the church?” and “What should they do to fulfill their calling?”
How to enact church discipline.
While church discipline is never easy, it is sometimes a necessary, albeit painful, part of the Christian life. This bundle includes a 64-page study guide that tackles this difficult topic head on. Through six chapters designed to focus discussion on the interpretation and application of biblical texts, you’ll discover the role of church discipline and learn how to practice it in a gracious and loving way.
How to lead a healthy church.
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.
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.
This is just one of the bundles featured in January’s Publisher Spotlight on Crossway. Check out all the other Crossway resources on sale.