The Church Paperback

The Gospel Made Visible

by MARK DEVER;


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Leader and speaker Mark Dever presents a ground level introduction to the doctrine of all things Church

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The Church

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We all know that all Christians claim to believe and follow the same gospel, but…

Well, this is the book for everyone who hears to the different answers other Christians give to questions like ‘How should the gospel display in our lives?’ and ‘What are we supposed to do and believe?’ but is still left to face the big, practical question of ‘When it comes to life in my local church, what should I think about these differences?’ all on your own.
No doubt you already know that the answer lies somewhere in scripture – if you could just find someone who’d take the time to tell you about it – clearly and simply. And you’ll know that a church’s life, doctrine and worship, are important issues, so why are they so rarely addressed?

‘The Church’ is Mark Dever’s ground level introduction to the doctrine of the church for all of us who see scripture alone as having sufficient authority to direct the life of your local church. Mark explains for you what the Bible says about the nature and purpose of the church — what it is, what it’s for, what it does… or at least should do.

Step by step, the author shows what scripture teaches us about life and doctrine, including how we should come together for worship and how we should organise our church life together. God is speaking to us, he says, and calling us to fulfil the responsibilities given us by Christ through regularly meeting together under leadership aware of the picture of the Church that God has given us in his Word.

This book is for pastors, church leaders, Bible teachers, ordinary church members and all who desire to see the gospel and glory of God revealed and lived out in the daily life of the Church of Christ in all its expressions.

The Church by MARK DEVER was published by Broadman and Holman in September 2012 and is our 38050th best seller. The ISBN for The Church is 9781433677762.

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Christians face lots of practical questions when it comes to life in the local church: How is the gospel displayed in our lives together? What are we supposed to do and believe? Different followers answer differently—even as they preach the same gospel! What should we think about such differences?

A church’s life, doctrine, worship, and even polity are important issues. Yet they are so rarely addressed. The Church is Mark Dever’s primer on the doctrine of the church for all who see Scripture alone as a sufficient authority for the doctrine and life of the local church. He explains to the reader what the Bible says about the nature and purpose of the church— what it is, what it’s for, what it does.

Indeed, Scripture teaches us about all of life and doctrine, including how we should assemble for corporate worship and how we’re to organize our corporate life together. God has revealed himself by his Word. He is speak- ing to us, preparing us to represent him today, and to see him tomorrow! A congregation of regenerate members, fulfilling the responsibilities given to us by Christ himself in his Word, regularly meeting together, led by a body of godly elders, is the picture God has given us in his Word of his church.

Contents

Preface – the need for studying the doctrine of the church
An informal introduction: the sufficiency of the bible for the local church

Part 1 – what does the bible say?
The nature of the church
The attributes of the church one holy, universal, apostolic…
The marks of the church
The polity of the church
The discipline to the church
The purpose of the church
The hope of the church

Part 2 what has the church believed
The history of the idea of the church
The history of the ordinances of the church
The history of the organisation of the church
Part 3how does it all fit together
A protestant church: putting together the marks of the church
A gathered community: putting together the membership of the church
A congregational church: putting together the structure of the church
A Baptist church: should we have Baptist church today
Conclusion: why does this matter?

Name index
Subject index
Scripture index

Endorsements

"Since becoming a pastor, no one that I know has had a greater influence on my understanding of the church than Mark Dever. The church I pastor and countless other churches literally around the world have reaped the benefits of God's grace in Mark and Capitol Hill Baptist Church. For this reason, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to pastors, church leaders, and church members who long to see the gospel and glory of God on display in the body of Christ." - David Platt.

"The church today desperately needs to think more deeply about the church. That's why I'm incredibly thankful for Mark Dever. No one writes as passionately, as winsomely, as biblically, or as practically about the church. This book is a wonderful example of all those traits. Even though my theology is different on a few important points like baptism and congregationalism, I always learn from Mark when he talks ecclesiology. If you love the church, you'll love this book. And if the doctrine of the church sounds terribly unimportant, then you need to read this book even more." - Kevin DeYoung.

"Everyone can benefit from Mark Dever when it comes to the theology and practice of the church. My blurb: “The church today desperately needs to think more deeply about the church. That’s why I’m incredibly thankful for Mark Dever. No one writes as passionately, as winsomely, as biblically, or as practically about the church. This book is a wonderful example of all those traits. Even though my theology is different on a few important points like baptism and congregationalism, I always learn from Mark when he talks ecclesiology. If you love the church, you’ll love this book. And if the doctrine of the church sounds terribly unimportant, then you need to read this book even more." - The Gospel Coalition.

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Page last updated 30th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherBroadman and Holman (September 2012)
Weight272g
Number of Pages208
Thickness13 mm
Height226 mm
Width150 mm
ISBN9781433677762
ISBN-101433677768
Product Code4061249
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