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Overview Division. Disobedience. Legalism. These are just a few of the many problems that plague churches today, just as they plagued the Corinthian church in the first century. That?s why, out of his great love and concern for this young church, Paul addressed these issues boldly, offering the Christians at Corinth much-needed admonition, instruction, and encouragement.
If you have ever witnessed a church split or a denominational dispute, you know firsthand that the same sort of struggles impact our churches today. In Twelve Challenges Churches Face, pastor Mark Dever?a leading authority on the subject of church health?tackles this and eleven other major challenges we must fight to overcome.
These twelve challenges, if left unchecked, can cripple a church and stifle its ministry to a needy world. But if individuals and churches immerse themselves in God?s Word and heed Paul?s instruction, God will heal even the sickest church and transform it into a powerful vehicle for proclaiming the gospel of Christ.
Division. Disobedience. Legalism. These are just a few of the many problems that plague churches today, just as they plagued the Corinthian church in the first century. That's why, out of his great love and concern for this young church, Paul addressed these issues boldly, offering the Christians at Corinth much-needed admonition, instruction, and encouragement.
If you have ever witnessed a church split or a denominational dispute, you know firsthand that the same sort of struggles impact our churches today. In Twelve Challenges Churches Face, pastor Mark Dever-a leading authority on the subject of church health-tackles this and eleven other major challenges we must fight to overcome.
These twelve challenges, if left unchecked, can cripple a church and stifle its ministry to a needy world. But if individuals and churches immerse themselves in God's Word and heed Paul's instruction, God will heal even the sickest church and transform it into a powerful vehicle for proclaiming the gospel of Christ.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.03" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.855 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581349440 ISBN13 9781581349443
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More About Mark Dever
Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master's College and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
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12 challenges, explained by the 9marks man Apr 29, 2008
If there are nine marks of a healthy church, then how many challenges can a church face? No, that isn't the setup line for an ecclesiological comic. The answer is "twelve" - at least that is the number of challenges Mark Dever highlights from the book of First Corinthians.
Here is a book that will serve you well from many angles. First, there is the actual content itself. Taking the disunified and dysfunctional church of Corinth as a launching pad, Dever brings forth the following challenges a church may face: forgetfulness (1:1-9), division (1:20-3:23), imposters (4), sin (5-6), asceticism (7), disobedience (8:1-10:13), legalism (10:14-11:1), autonomy (11:2-16), thoughtlessness (11:17-34), selfishness (12-14), death (15), decline (16).
Second, preachers can utilize this book as an example of fast-paced, "big-picture" expository preaching. Dever gives solid exegesis even as he covers the entire biblical book of sixteen chapters in only twelve of his own chapters. Now, we can all admit there is a season to commit more time to a book, delving into the forest and looking close at the trees. But, I for one had never considered the book of First Corinthians in such a united manner. Sure, I've looked at some of these texts in excruciating detail that Dever's book lacks. But I have also looked at them in such detail that I forgot how they fit into the broader context of the book. So, I think a book like this great for preachers who can soak up the method of combining good exegesis and big-picture homiletics.
Third, Dever brings in history (Hugh Latimer, Frederick Douglass, Teddy Roosevelt), references to culture and current events (Moby, Hurricane Katrina) right alongside a robust theology of the cross, church discipline, and divinely mandated gender-distinction. All that to say, Dever thinks and writes both wide and deep, and serves as a model for how to weave various arenas of thought together.
At a brief 180-ish pages, I'd rather see it produced as a $12 soft back rather than an $18 hardback. I think it would get more play at a cheaper price. Be that as it may, there is good profit to be had from this book.
In thinking through the question of who might find this book profitable, a group of church elders reading through it together would be an excellent idea. Another use would be to use it as a study for a Sunday school class, taking a quarter-year to go through the twelve chapters.
Let me close with one particular paragraph from the book, a few sentences serving up the gospel in brief. I read this to my kids - they understand Mark. It comes from a chapter on "division," showing that for a preacher like Dever, the gospel of the cross is foundational to his well-established ecclesiological passions. Although this paragraph doesn't mention the church, it comes from a section called "Godly unity displays Christ":
"My friends, let me be clear about what Christianity teaches. There is one God who has made us all. We have sinned against him - we have done what we have wanted rather than what he has told us to do. We have rebelled against him, and so he is rightly committed to punishing us, as our sins deserve. But, in his great mercy, he came in Christ - fully God and fully man - and lived a perfect life with no punishment of his own to bear. Yet Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all those who would ever turn from their sins and trust him. He rose to new life, and he offers us new life as well, if we will turn from our sins and trust him. We lay hold of Christ savingly by believing in this message and having faith in him."