Church The Gospel Made Visible, The
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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
so rarely addressed. In this primer on the doctrine of the church, Mark Dever
explains what the Bible says about the church’s nature and purpose—what it
is, what it’s for, what it does.
“ Mark Dever has rendered an invaluable service to the body of Christ in this book. Its biblical grounding is sure, and its theological insights are spot on! Few address the issues of ecclesiology better than this pastor/theologian. This work will help us better understand what the church is and what the church does when it is faithful to Scripture.”
— Daniel L. Akin
President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“ 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
Senior pastor, University Reformed Church (East Lansing, MI)
“ Mark Dever approaches this subject not simply as a skilled historical theologian and systematician, but as a local church pastor who has fostered a vital and healthy embrace of biblical polity in his own congregation, with happy results.”
— Ligon Duncan
Senior minister, First Presbyterian Church (Jackson, MS)
“ For far too long, the church has suffered for its lack of attention to ecclesiology. Thankfully, that neglect has given way to a new age of rediscovery, and Mark Dever has been a key catalyst for the recovery of biblical ecclesiology. In this book, you will find a faithful, truthful,
thrilling understanding of the church. But be warned: Once you read this book, you will never be satisfied until you are a part of a church that is growing into this kind of faithfulness and life.”
— R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary