- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (June 9 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781433502125
- ISBN-13: 978-1433502125
- ASIN: 1433502127
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 18 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What Is a Healthy Church Member? Hardcover – Jun 9 2008
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"In an era when Christians seem confused about what kind of community the church ought to be, here's a helpful handbook outlining the church's true biblical priorities, especially as they apply to individual church members."
―John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; President, The Master's University and Seminary
"Given the state of so many of our churches today, this book arrives not a moment too soon."
―R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"This book provides an excellent and much-needed focus on the individual church member."
―R. C. Sproul, President, Ligonier Ministries; Copastor, St. Andrew's Chapel, Sanford, Florida
About the Author
Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.
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Overall I enjoyed the book for a number of reasons. This book can be read in one sitting and if you're tight for time like me, you can finish the book in several hours. It's also written with a sense of passion and urgency and challenges the reader to get involved in the life of the church. And the book speaks to a broad audience, everyone from the new believer to the veteran and from the layperson to the pastor can benefit from it. For those who want to do further study, Anyabwile includes study questions and book recommendations at the end of the chapter.
But the best reason I liked the book is because Anyabwile frequently points out that it's about us and not about one individual. It's easy to take the contents of the book and make ourselves into a self-contained individualistic project. However being a healthy church member happens only within the context of a local church. In his closing comments, Anyabwile offers guidance on how to make the best use of the book: "Much is said about your role and my role in [Christ's body], but you and I are meant for and belong to all the others who assemble as God's people. So, the best way to put this book into practice is to do so with the partnership, support, and love of other Christians in your local church."
The ten chapters in this little book (and it is little) are based around ten marks of a healthy church member. Each chapter ends with a few questions for deeper thinking on the topic of the chapter, and many chapters also include a short list of books for more reading on the topic. It's all biblically grounded, theologically sound, and most of all, practical.
Here are the 10 marks of a healthy church member, otherwise known as the ten chapter titles:
* A Healthy Church Member Is an Expositional Listener
* A Healthy Church Member Is a Biblical Theologian
* A Healthy Church Member Is Gospel Saturated
* A Healthy Church Member Is Genuinely Converted
* A Healthy Church Member Is a Biblical Evangelist
* A Healthy Church Member Is a Committed Member
* A Healthy Church Member Seeks Discipline
* A Healthy Church Member Is a Growing Disciple
* A Healthy Church Member is a Humble Follower
* A Healthy Church Member Is a Prayer Warrior
There's nothing earth shaking here, but that doesn't mean this isn't an exceptionally useful book. I'd call it a church member's user manual, but that would make it seem too much like a to-do list and it is not that. It does have suggestions that the reader is encouraged to practice because they desire to become a healthy church member, but in the end, Thabiti Anyabwile brings us back to the gospel of Christ Jesus as the foundation for everything and the gracious work of the Spirit as the means by which these 10 marks are accomplished.
What Is a Healthy Church Member? would be well-suited for use in a new member's class or other group study as well as for individual reading and study.
Indeed, the truth hurts, and not just sometimes - most of the time. All ten chapters are a spiritual kick in the pants to help wake the sleeper in all of us. Everywhere you look today people want to be called "a community", "missional", pretty much anything but a church. Most, however, don't know what that is supposed to look like biblically. This book says Don Carson, "closes the gap." "The health of the local church (missional community) depends on the willingness of its members to inspect their hearts, correct their thinking, and apply their hands to the work of the ministry." This one is for everyone!
As a side note, this is really another must for all the men out there. As Anyabwile states in his dedication of the book, "for the church that lives in my home."
Love in the Truth,
Pastor Trevor Peck
brought out some great discussion and things to pray about.
would certainly go through it again with people especially because of how important it is for Christians to know.
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